SPAMfighter information about

Cayman Islands

The data on this page is obtained from The World Factbook.
 Communications information 
SPAMfighters: 135
Internet users: 9,909 (2003)
Internet hosts: 8,611 (2006)
Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 16 (2000)
Internet country code: .ky
Telephones - main lines in use: 38,000 (2002)
Telephones - mobile cellular: 17,000 (2002)
Telephone system: general assessment: reasonably good system

domestic: liberalization of telecom market in 2003 reflected in falling prices and improving services

international: country code - 1-345; 2 submarine fiber optic cables (Maya-1, Cayman-Jamaica); satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)
Radio broadcast stations: AM 1, FM 4, shortwave 0 (2004)
Radios: 36,000 (1997)
Television broadcast stations: 4 with cable system (2004)
Televisions: 7,000 (1997)
 Geographical information 
Location: Caribbean, three island (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman) group in Caribbean Sea, 240 km south of Cuba and 268 km northwest of Jamaica
Geographic coordinates: 19 30 N, 80 30 W
Map references: Central America and the Caribbean
Area: total: 262 sq km

land: 262 sq km

water: 0 sq km
Area - comparative: 1.5 times the size of Washington, DC
Land boundaries: 0 km
Coastline: 160 km
Maritime claims: territorial sea: 12 nm

exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Climate: tropical marine; warm, rainy summers (May to October) and cool, relatively dry winters (November to April)
Terrain: low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs
Elevation extremes: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m

highest point: The Bluff (Cayman Brac) 43 m
Natural resources: fish, climate and beaches that foster tourism
Land use: arable land: 3.85%

permanent crops: 0%

other: 96.15% (2005)
Irrigated land: NA
Natural hazards: hurricanes (July to November)
Environment - current issues: no natural fresh water resources; drinking water supplies must be met by rainwater catchments
Geography - note: important location between Cuba and Central America
 People information 
Population: 45,436

note: most of the population lives on Grand Cayman (July 2006 est.)
Age structure: 0-14 years: 20.7% (male 4,708/female 4,700)

15-64 years: 70.9% (male 15,707/female 16,504)

65 years and over: 8.4% (male 1,793/female 2,024) (2006 est.)
Median age: total: 37.2 years

male: 36.8 years

female: 37.5 years (2006 est.)
Population growth rate: 2.56% (2006 est.)
Birth rate: 12.74 births/1,000 population (2006 est.)
Death rate: 4.89 deaths/1,000 population (2006 est.)
Net migration rate: 17.78 migrant(s)/1,000 population

note: major destination for Cubans trying to migrate to the United States (2006 est.)
Sex ratio: at birth: 1.02 male(s)/female

under 15 years: 1 male(s)/female

15-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 0.89 male(s)/female

total population: 0.96 male(s)/female (2006 est.)
Infant mortality rate: total: 8 deaths/1,000 live births

male: 9.16 deaths/1,000 live births

female: 6.81 deaths/1,000 live births (2006 est.)
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 80.07 years

male: 77.45 years

female: 82.74 years (2006 est.)
Total fertility rate: 1.9 children born/woman (2006 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: NA
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS: NA
HIV/AIDS - deaths: NA
Nationality: noun: Caymanian(s)

adjective: Caymanian
Ethnic groups: mixed 40%, white 20%, black 20%, expatriates of various ethnic groups 20%
Religions: United Church (Presbyterian and Congregational), Anglican, Baptist, Church of God, other Protestant, Roman Catholic
Languages: English
Literacy: definition: age 15 and over has ever attended school

total population: 98%

male: 98%

female: 98% (1970 est.)
 Governmental information 
Country name: conventional long form: none

conventional short form: Cayman Islands
Dependency status: overseas territory of the UK
Government type: British crown colony
Capital: name: George Town (on Grand Cayman)

geographic coordinates: 19 20 N, 81 23 W

time difference: UTC-5 (same time as Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Administrative divisions: 8 districts; Creek, Eastern, Midland, South Town, Spot Bay, Stake Bay, West End, Western
Independence: none (overseas territory of the UK)
National holiday: Constitution Day, first Monday in July
Constitution: 1959; revised 1962, 1972, and 1994
Legal system: British common law and local statutes
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
Executive branch: chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); Governor Stuart JACK (since 23 November 2005)

head of government: Leader of Government Business Kurt TIBBETTS (since 18 May 2005)

cabinet: Executive Council (three members appointed by the governor, four members elected by the Legislative Assembly)

elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; the governor is appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or coalition is appointed by the governor Leader of Government Business
Legislative branch: unicameral Legislative Assembly (18 seats, 3 appointed members from the Executive Council and 15 elected by popular vote; members serve four-year terms)

elections: last held 11 May 2005 (next to be held in 2009)

election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - PPM 9, UDP 5, independent 1
Judicial branch: Summary Court; Grand Court; Cayman Islands Court of Appeal
Political parties and leaders: no national teams (loose groupings of political organizations) were formed for the 2000 elections; United Democratic Party or UDP [leader McKeeva BUSH]; People´s Progressive Movement or PPM [leader Kurt TIBBETTS]
Political pressure groups and leaders: NA
International organization participation: Caricom (associate), CDB, Interpol (subbureau), IOC, UNESCO (associate), UPU
Diplomatic representation in the US: none (overseas territory of the UK)
Diplomatic representation from the US: none (overseas territory of the UK)
Flag description: blue, 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 pineapple and turtle above a shield with three stars (representing the three islands) and a scroll at the bottom bearing the motto HE HATH FOUNDED IT UPON THE SEAS
 Economical information 
Economy - overview: With no direct taxation, the islands are a thriving offshore financial center. More than 40,000 companies were registered in the Cayman Islands as of 1998, including almost 600 banks and trust companies; banking assets exceed $500 billion. A stock exchange was opened in 1997. Tourism is also a mainstay, accounting for about 70% of GDP and 75% of foreign currency earnings. The tourist industry is aimed at the luxury market and caters mainly to visitors from North America. Total tourist arrivals exceeded 1.2 million in 1997, with 600,000 from the US. About 90% of the islands´ food and consumer goods must be imported. The Caymanians enjoy one of the highest outputs per capita and one of the highest standards of living in the world.
GDP (purchasing power parity): $1.939 billion (2004 est.)
GDP (official exchange rate): NA
GDP - real growth rate: 0.9% (2004 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP): $43,800 (2004 est.)
GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 1.4%

industry: 3.2%

services: 95.4% (1994 est.)
Labor force: 23,450 (2004)
Labor force - by occupation: agriculture: 1.4%

industry: 12.6%

services: 86% (1995)
Unemployment rate: 4.4% (2004)
Population below poverty line: NA%
Household income or consumption by percentage share: lowest 10%: NA%

highest 10%: NA%
Inflation rate (consumer prices): 4.4% (2004)
Budget: revenues: $423.8 million

expenditures: $392.6 million; including capital expenditures of $NA (1997)
Agriculture - products: vegetables, fruit; livestock; turtle farming
Industries: tourism, banking, insurance and finance, construction, construction materials, furniture
Industrial production growth rate: NA%
Electricity - production: 441.9 million kWh (2003)
Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 100%

hydro: 0%

nuclear: 0%

other: 0% (2001)
Electricity - consumption: 411 million kWh (2003)
Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2003)
Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2003)
Oil - production: 0 bbl/day (2003)
Oil - consumption: 2,450 bbl/day (2003 est.)
Oil - exports: NA bbl/day
Oil - imports: NA bbl/day
Natural gas - production: 0 cu m (2003 est.)
Natural gas - consumption: 0 cu m (2003 est.)
Exports: $2.52 million (2004)
Exports - commodities: turtle products, manufactured consumer goods
Exports - partners: mostly United States (2004)
Imports: $866.9 million (2004)
Imports - commodities: foodstuffs, manufactured goods
Imports - partners: US, Netherlands Antilles, Japan (2004)
Debt - external: $70 million (1996)
Currency (code): Caymanian dollar (KYD)
Currency code: KYD
Exchange rates: Caymanian dollars per United States dollar - 0.82 (29 October 2001), 0.83 (3 November 1995), 0.85 (22 November 1993)
Fiscal year: 1 April - 31 March
 Transportations information 
Airports: 3 (2006)
Airports - with paved runways: total: 2

1,524 to 2,437 m: 2 (2006)
Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 1

914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2006)
Roadways: total: 785 km

paved: 785 km (2002)
Merchant marine: total: 132 ships (1000 GRT or over) 2,746,290 GRT/4,366,790 DWT

by type: bulk carrier 32, cargo 14, chemical tanker 42, liquefied gas 1, passenger 1, petroleum tanker 14, refrigerated cargo 23, roll on/roll off 3, specialized tanker 1, vehicle carrier 1

foreign-owned: 130 (Denmark 5, Germany 13, Greece 21, Italy 12, Japan 1, Malaysia 1, Netherlands 4, Norway 2, Philippines 1, Singapore 10, Sweden 9, UK 10, United States 41) (2006)
Ports and terminals: Cayman Brac, George Town
 Military information 
Military branches: no regular military forces; Royal Cayman Islands Police Force
Manpower available for military service: males age 18-49: 10,703 (2005 est.)
Manpower fit for military service: males age 18-49: 8,600 (2005 est.)
Manpower reaching military service age annually: males age 18-49: 257 (2005 est.)
 Information about transnational issues 
Disputes - international: none
Illicit drugs: offshore financial center; vulnerable to drug transshipment to the United States and Europe

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