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Cayman Islands Facts and Figures

The name Cayman is derived from the Carib Indian word for the marine crocodile (caiman).

map of Cayman Islandslocation of Cayman IslandsLocation approximately 149 mi (240 km) south of Cuba, 166 mi (268 km) northwest of Jamaica

Total Area 102 sq mi (264 sq km)
Grand Cayman 76 sq mi
Cayman Brac 14 sq mi
Little Cayman 10 sq mi
Coastline 99.5 mi (160 km)
Highest Point The Bluff, on Cayman Brac; 141 ft (43 m)
Lowest Point Caribbean Sea; sea level
Natural Resources none

Nationality Caymanian
Population (July 2015 est)
Largest Cities George Town
Ethnic Groups mixed, white, black
Church of God, Roman Catholic, Seventh Day Adventist, Presbyterian/United Church, Baptist, Pentecostal, Anglican
Languages English (official)

Capital George Town
Form of Government overseas territory of the United Kingdom
Chief of State
Queen Elizabeth II; represented by Governor Helen Kilpatrick (since September 6, 2013)
Head of Government Premier Alden Mclaughlin (since May 29, 2013)
Legislature unicameral Legislative Assembly
Judiciary Court of Appeal, Privy Court
Local Administration 6 districts

Currency Caymanian Dollar
Per Capita Income
Principal Industries
tourism, banking, insurance and finance, construction, construction materials, furniture
Agricultural Products
vegetables, fruit; livestock
Export Commodities turtle products, manufactured consumer goods
Import Commodities foodstuffs, manufactured goods, fuels

Flag 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

flag of Cayman Islands

CIA World Factbook
Welcome to the Cayman Islands

Queen Elizabeth II

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