Central America and Caribbean :: Cayman Islands
(overseas territory of the UK)

Introduction ::Cayman Islands

    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.

Geography ::Cayman Islands

People and Society ::Cayman Islands

    noun: Caymanian(s)
    adjective: Caymanian
    mixed 40%, white 20%, black 20%, expatriates of various ethnic groups 20%
    English (official) 95%, Spanish 3.2%, other 1.8% (1999 census)
    Protestant 67.7% (Church of God 25.5%, Presbyterian/United Church 9.2%, Seventh-Day Adventist 8.4%, Baptist 8.3%, Pentecostal 6.7%, Anglican 3.9%, non-denominational 5.7%), Roman Catholic 12.6%, other religions 4%, other 6.5%, none 6.1%, unspecified 3.2% (2007)
    53,737 (July 2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 207
    note: most of the population lives on Grand Cayman (July 2013 est.)
    0-14 years: 18.6% (male 5,030/female 4,962)
    15-24 years: 12.9% (male 3,436/female 3,516)
    25-54 years: 44.6% (male 11,662/female 12,283)
    55-64 years: 13.2% (male 3,388/female 3,729)
    65 years and over: 10.7% (male 2,707/female 3,024) (2013 est.)
    total: 39.3 years
    male: 38.6 years
    female: 39.8 years (2013 est.)
    2.19% (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 44
    12.17 births/1,000 population (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 164
    5.3 deaths/1,000 population (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 179
    15.04 migrant(s)/1,000 population
    country comparison to the world: 7
    note: major destination for Cubans trying to migrate to the US (2013 est.)
    urban population: 100% of total population (2010)
    rate of urbanization: 0.9% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)
    GEORGE TOWN (capital) 28,000 (2011)
    at birth: 1.02 male(s)/female
    0-14 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
    15-24 years: 0.98 male(s)/female
    25-54 years: 0.95 male(s)/female
    55-64 years: 0.91 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.9 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.95 male(s)/female (2013 est.)
    total: 6.35 deaths/1,000 live births
    country comparison to the world: 168
    male: 7.26 deaths/1,000 live births
    female: 5.42 deaths/1,000 live births (2013 est.)
    total population: 80.91 years
    country comparison to the world: 23
    male: 78.23 years
    female: 83.64 years (2013 est.)
    1.86 children born/woman (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 147
    urban: 96% of population
    total: 96% of population
    urban: 4% of population
    total: 4% of population (2010 est.)
    urban: 96% of population
    total: 96% of population
    urban: 4% of population
    total: 4% of population (2010 est.)
    definition: age 15 and over has ever attended school
    total population: 98.9%
    male: 98.7%
    female: 99% (2007 est.)
    total: 12 years
    male: 11 years
    female: 13 years (2008)
    total: 13.5%
    country comparison to the world: 95
    male: 13.6%
    female: 13.3% (2008)

Government ::Cayman Islands

    conventional long form: none
    conventional short form: Cayman Islands
    overseas territory of the UK
    parliamentary democracy
    name: George Town (on Grand Cayman)
    geographic coordinates: 19 18 N, 81 23 W
    time difference: UTC-5 (same time as Washington, DC during Standard Time)
    6 districts; Bodden Town, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, East End, George Town, North Side, West Bay
    none (overseas territory of the UK)
    Constitution Day, first Monday in July
    The Cayman Islands Constitution Order 2009, 6 November 2009
    English common law and local statutes
    18 years of age; universal
    chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor Helen KILPATRICK (since 6 September 2013)
    head of government: Premier Alden MCLAUGHLIN (since 29 May 2013)
    cabinet: The Cabinet (six members are appointed by the governor on the advice of the premier, selected from among the elected members of the Legislative Assembly)
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    elections: the monarchy is hereditary; the governor appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or coalition appointed by the governor as premier
    unicameral Legislative Assembly (21 seats; 18 members elected by popular vote, Speaker, and 2 ex officio members - Deputy Governor and Attorney General; to serve four-year terms)
    elections: last held on 22 May 2013 (next to be held in 2017)
    election results: percent of vote by party - PPM 36.1%, UDP 27.8%, C4C 18.6%, independents 11.9%, PNA 5.7%; seats by party - PPM 9, UDP 3, C4C 3, independent 2, PNA 1
    highest court(s): Court of Appeal (consists of the court president and at least 2 judges); Grand Court (consists of the court president and at least 2 judges)
    note - appeals beyond the Court of Appeal are heard by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (in London)
    judge selection and term of office: Court of Appeal and Grand Court judges appointed by the governor on the advice of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, an 8-member independent body consisting of governor appointees, Court of Appeal president, and attorneys; Court of Appeal judges' tenure based on their individual instruments of appointment; Grand Court judges normally appointed until retirement at age 65 but can be extended until age 70
    subordinate courts: Summary Court
    People's Progressive Movement or PPM [Kurt TIBBETTS]
    United Democratic Party or UDP [McKeeva BUSH]
    Coalition for Cayman or C4C
    National People's Alliance or PNA
    National Trust
    other: environmentalists
    Caricom (associate), CDB, Interpol (subbureau), IOC, UNESCO (associate), UPU
    none (overseas territory of the UK)
    none (overseas territory of the UK); consular services provided through the US Embassy in Jamaica
    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
    name: "Beloved Isle Cayman"
    lyrics/music: Leila E. ROSS
    note: adopted 1993; served as an unofficial anthem since 1930; as a territory of the United Kingdom, in addition to the local anthem, "God Save the Queen" is official (see United Kingdom)

Economy ::Cayman Islands

Energy ::Cayman Islands

Communications ::Cayman Islands

    37,200 (2011)
    country comparison to the world: 170
    95,100 (2011)
    country comparison to the world: 193
    general assessment: reasonably good overall telephone system with a high fixed-line teledensity
    domestic: liberalization of telecom market in 2003; introduction of competition in the mobile-cellular market in 2004
    international: country code - 1-345; landing points for the Maya-1, Eastern Caribbean Fiber System (ECFS), and the Cayman-Jamaica Fiber System submarine cables that provide links to the US and parts of Central and South America; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) (2011)
    4 TV stations; cable and satellite subscription services offer a variety of international programming; government-owned Radio Cayman operates 2 networks broadcasting on 5 stations; 10 privately owned radio stations operate alongside Radio Cayman (2007)
    23,472 (2012)
    country comparison to the world: 114
    23,000 (2008)
    country comparison to the world: 189

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Military ::Cayman Islands

Transnational Issues ::Cayman Islands