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Cayman Islands Country Guide

Explore Cayman Islands in North America

Cayman Islands with the capital city George Town is located in North America (Caribbean, three-island group (Grand Cayman). It covers some 263 square kilometres (1.5 times the size of Washington, DC) with 44,270 citizens.

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The topography includes low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs. The average density of population is approximately 169 per km². The notable climate conditions in Cayman Islands can be described as tropical marine with warm, rainy summers (May to October) and cool, relatively dry winters (November to April). Possible natural disasters include hurricanes (July to November).

To reach someone in Cayman Islands dial +1-345 prior to a number. There are 38,000 installed telephones. And there are 33,800 registered mobile phones. The cellular networks commonly support frequencies of 1800 Mhz. Websites registered in this country end with the top level domain ".ky". If you want to bring electric equipment on your trip (e.g. laptop power supply), note the local power outlet of 120V - 60Hz.

About the flag and history of Cayman Islands

A blue field, with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Caymanian coat of arms centered on the outer half of the flag; the coat of arms includes a crest with a pineapple, representing the connection with Jamaica, and a turtle, representing Cayman's seafaring tradition, above a shield bearing a golden lion, symbolizing Great Britain, below which are three green stars (representing the three islands) surmounting white and blue wavy lines representing the sea and a scroll at the bottom bearing the motto HE HATH FOUNDED IT UPON THE SEAS.

The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries and were administered by Jamaica after 1863. In 1959, the islands became a territory within the Federation of the West Indies. When the Federation dissolved in 1962, the Cayman Islands chose to remain a British dependency.

National administrative regions of Cayman Islands

Geography Quick-Facts

Summary Continent: North America
Capital: George Town
Size 262 square kilometers (km² or sqkm) or 101 square miles (mi² or sqmi)
1.5 times the size of Washington, DC
Population 44,270
Currency Name: Dollar, Currency Code: KYD
Country Top Level Domain (cTLD) .ky
Telephone Country Prefix +1-345
Mobile Phone Connections 33,800
Landline Phone Connections 38,000

Country Position in World Rankings

Information about single country attributes and how these compare against the rest of the world. The information below is compiled with data from 2013. As such, it may differ a bit to the Information above in the text (which is from 2010).


Value name Value World Rank
Area 264 (sq km) 211

People and Society

Value name Value World Rank
Population 53,737 207
Population growth rate 2.19 (%) 43
Birth rate 12.17 (births/1,000 population) 163
Death rate 5.30 (deaths/1,000 population) 178
Net migration rate 15.04 (migrant(s)/1,000 population) 7
Infant mortality rate 6.35 (deaths/1,000 live births) 167
Life expectancy at birth 80.91 (years) 23
Total fertility rate 1.86 (children born/woman) 147
Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 13.5 (%) 95


Value name Value World Rank
GDP (purchasing power parity) 2,250,000,000 189
GDP - real growth rate 1.10 (%) 160
GDP - per capita (PPP) 43,800 18
Labor force 39,000 198
Unemployment rate 4.00 (%) 30
Taxes and other revenues 32.1 (% of GDP) 82
Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-) -0.90 (% of GDP) 59
Inflation rate (consumer prices) 1.20 (%) 16
Stock of narrow money 334,300,000 169
Stock of broad money 5,564,000,000 126
Market value of publicly traded shares 183,500,000 114
Exports 42,600,000 199
Imports 796,800,000 183


Value name Value World Rank
Electricity - production 593,500,000 (kWh) 158
Electricity - consumption 555,600,000 (kWh) 168
Electricity - installed generating capacity 152600 (kW) 158
Electricity - from fossil fuels 100.0 (% of total installed capacity) 11
Refined petroleum products - consumption 3,141 (bbl/day) 181
Refined petroleum products - imports 4,491 (bbl/day) 162
Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy 273,500 (Mt) 193


Value name Value World Rank
Telephones - main lines in use 37,200 170
Telephones - mobile cellular 95,100 193
Internet hosts 23,472 114
Internet users 23,000 190


Value name Value World Rank
Airports 3 195
Roadways 785 (km) 187
Merchant marine 116 46

Data based on CIA facts book 2010 & 2013, wikipedia, national statistical offices and their census releases

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