Turks and Caicos Islands



Official Country Name
Turks and Caicos Islands

Turks and Caicos Islands Overview
The islands were part of the UK's Jamaican colony until 1962, when they assumed the status of a separate crown colony upon Jamaica's independence. The governor of The Bahamas oversaw affairs from 1965 to 1973. With Bahamian independence, the islands received a separate governor in 1973. Although independence was agreed upon for 1982, the policy was reversed and the islands remain a British overseas territory.

Turks and Caicos Islands Economy
The Turks and Caicos economy is based on tourism, offshore financial services, and fishing. Most capital goods and food for domestic consumption are imported. The US is the leading source of tourists, accounting for more than three-quarters of the 175,000 visitors that arrived in 2004. Major sources of government revenue also include fees from offshore financial activities and customs receipts.

Turks and Caicos Islands Location
Turks and Caicos Islands is located in Caribbean, two island groups in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of The Bahamas, north of Haiti

Region
Turks and Caicos Islands is located in Caribbean

Turks and Caicos Islands Population
Turks and Caicos Islands has population of 21,152 (July 2006 est.)

Turks and Caicos Islands Climate
Turks and Caicos Islands has tropical; marine; moderated by trade winds; sunny and relatively dry

Turks and Caicos Islands Terrain
low, flat limestone; extensive marshes and mangrove swamps

Turks and Caicos Islands Natural Resources
spiny lobster, conch

Ethnic Groups in Turks and Caicos Islands
Turks and Caicos Islands has the following ethnic groups - black 90%, mixed, European, or North American 10%

Turks and Caicos Islands Religions
Baptist 40%, Anglican 18%, Methodist 16%, Church of God 12%, other 14% (1990)

Turks and Caicos Islands Languages
English (official)

Turks and Caicos Islands Capital
Turks and Caicos Islands capital is Grand Turk (Cockburn Town)

Turks and Caicos Islands Currency
Turks and Caicos Islands currency is US dollar

Map of Turks and Caicos Islands