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Government of Jamaica   

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The Country

Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea. Spanning 10,990 square kilometres (4,240 sq mi) in area, it is the third-largest island in the Caribbean.

With 2.9 million people, Jamaica is the third-most populous English speaking country in the Americas (after the United States and Canada), and the fourth-most populous country in the Caribbean. Kingston is the country’s capital and largest city.

Facts About Jamaica


Jamaica spans 4,244 square miles. This is slightly smaller than the state of Connecticut in the U.S.

Natural Resources

Apart from the sun, sand and the sea, Jamaica's key natural resources are bauxite, gypsum and limestone.

Principal Exports

Jamaica's main export items are bauxite and alumina, sugar, bananas, coffee, citrus and citrus products, rum and cocoa.

Ethnic Groups

The Jamaican motto is "Out of Many, One People". The population of Jamaica is varied with 92.1% being black, 6.1% mixed (non-black), 0.8% Asian, 0.4% other and 0.7% unspecified.

Birthplace of Reggae

Jamaica is the birthplace of the Rastafari religion, reggae music (and associated genres such as dub, ska and dancehall).

Prominence in Sports

Jamaica is internationally prominent in sports, most notability sprinting and athletics, cricket and netball. The current fastest man and woman in the world hail from Jamaica.