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Jamaica Facts

  • Name: Jamaica
  • Capital City: Kingston (590,000 pop.)
  • Jamaica Population: 2,909,714 (2013 est.)
  • World Populations (all countries)
  • Currency: Jamaican Dollar
    (conversion rates)

    jamaican dollar
    One-Thousand Jamaican Dollars
  • Ethnicity: Black 91.2%, Mixed 6.2%, other or unknown 2.6% (2001 census)
  • GDP total: $25.18 billion (2012 est.)
  • GDP per capita: $9,100 (2012 est.)
  • Land Sizes
  • Language: English, English patois
  • Largest Cities: (by population) Kingston, New Kingston, Spanish Town, Portmore, Montego Bay, Mandeville, May Pen, Old Harbour, Linstead, Half Way Tree
  • Name: The Arawak name for the island was "Xaymaca," which means "land of wood and water." It was Spanish explorers who substituted a J for the X at the beginning of the word.
  • National Day: August 6
  • Religion: Protestant 62.5% (Seventh-Day Adventist 10.8%, Pentecostal 9.5%, Other Church of God 8.3%, Baptist 7.2%, New Testament Church of God 6.3%, Church of God in Jamaica 4.8%, Church of God of Prophecy 4.3%, Anglican 3.6%, other Christian 7.7%), Roman Catholic 2.6%, other or unspecified 14.2%, none 20.9%, (2001 census)
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