Statistical information Cayman Islands 1994Cayman%20Islands

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Cayman Islands - Introduction 1994
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Background: The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries. Administered by Jamaica from 1863 they remained a British dependency after 1962 when the former became independent.

Cayman Islands - Geography 1994
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Location: Caribbean, in the northwestern Caribbean Sea, nearly halfway between Cuba and Honduras

Geographic coordinates

Map referenceCentral America and the Caribbean

Total area total: 260 km²
Land: 260 km²

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 160 km

Maritime claims
Exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Territorial sea: 3 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


Natural resources: fish, climate and beaches that foster tourism
Land use

Land use
Arable land: 0%
Permanent crops: 0%
Meadows and pastures: 8%
Forest and woodland: 23%
Other: 69%

Irrigated land: NA km²

Major rivers

Major watersheds area km²

Total water withdrawal

Total renewable water resources

Natural hazards: subject to hurricanes

Note: defense is the responsibility of the UK

Cayman Islands - People 1994
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Population: 31,790 (July 1994 est.)
Growth rate: 4.33% (1994 est.)

Nationality: noun:Caymanian(s)

Ethnic groups: mixed 40%, white 20%, black 20%, expatriates of various ethnic groups 20%

Languages: English

Religions: United Church (Presbyterian and Congregational), Anglican, Baptist, Roman Catholic, Church of God, other Protestant denominations

Demographic profile
Age structure

Age structure

Dependency ratios

Median age

Population growth rate: 4.33% (1994 est.)

Birth rate: 15.06 births/1000 population (1994 est.)

Death rate: 4.98 deaths/1000 population (1994 est.)

Net migration rate: 33.2 migrant(s)/1000 population (1994 est.)

Population distribution


Major urban areas

Current issues: NA
International agreements: NA

Air pollutants

Sex ratio

Mothers mean age at first birth

Maternal mortality ratio

Infant mortality rate: 8.4 deaths/1000 live births (1994 est.)

Life expectancy at birth
Total population: 77.1 years
Male: 75.37 years
Female: 78.81 years (1994 est.)

Total fertility rate: 1.46 children born/woman (1994 est.)

Contraceptive prevalence rate

Drinking water source

Current health expenditure

Physicians density

Hospital bed density

Sanitation facility access


Major infectious diseases

Obesity adult prevalence rate

Alcohol consumption

Tobacco use

Children under the age of 5 years underweight

Education expenditures

Literacy: age 15 and over having ever attended school (1970)
Total population: 98%
Male: 98%
Female: 98%

School life expectancy primary to tertiary education

Youth unemployment

Cayman Islands - Government 1994
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Country name
Conventional long form:
conventional short form

Government type: dependent territory of the UK

Capital: George Town

Administrative divisions: 8 districts; Creek, Eastern, Midland, South Town, Spot Bay, Stake Bay, West End, Western

Dependent areas

Independence: none (dependent territory of the UK)

National holiday: Constitution Day (first Monday in July)

Constitution: 1959, revised 1972 and 1992

Legal system: British common law and local statutes

International law organization participation


Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

Executive branch
Chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952)
Head of government: Governor and President of the Executive Council Michael GORE (since 15 September 1992)

Legislative branch: Royal Cayman Islands Police Force (RCIPF)
Legislative Assembly: election last held November 1992 (next to be held November 1996); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (15 total, 12 elected)

Judicial branch: Grand Court, Cayman Islands Court of Appeal

Political parties and leaders

International organization participation: CARICOM (observer), CDB, INTERPOL (subbureau), IOC

Diplomatic representation
From the us:
none (dependent territory of the UK)
none (dependent territory of the UK)

Flag descriptionflag of Cayman%20Islands: blue, with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Caymanian coat of arms on a white disk 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

National symbols

National anthem

National heritage

Cayman Islands - Economy 1994
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Economy overview: The economy depends heavily on tourism (70% of GDP and 75% of foreign currency earnings) and offshore financial services, with the tourist industry aimed at the luxury market and catering mainly to visitors from North America. About 90% of the islands' food and consumer goods needs must be imported. The Caymanians enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the region.

Real gdp purchasing power parity

Real gdp growth rate: 4.4% (1991)

Real gdp per capita ppp

Gross national saving
Gdp composition by sector of origin

Gdp composition by end use

Gdp composition by sector of origin

Agriculture products: minor production of vegetables, fruit, livestock; turtle farming

Industries: tourism, banking, insurance and finance, construction, building materials, furniture making

Industrial production growth rate: NA%

Labor force: 8,061
By occupation serviceworkers: 18.7%
By occupation clerical: 18.6%
By occupation construction: 12.5%
By occupation financeandinvestment: 6.7%
By occupation directorsandbusinessmanagers: 5.9% (1979)
Labor force

Unemployment rate: 7% (1992)

Youth unemployment

Population below poverty line

Gini index

Household income or consumption by percentage share

Distribution of family income gini index

Budget: revenues:$141.5 million

Public debt

Taxes and other revenues


Fiscal year: 1 April - 31 March

Current account balance

Inflation rate consumer prices

Central bank discount rate

Commercial bank prime lending rate

Stock of narrow money

Stock of broad money

Stock of domestic credit

Market value of publicly traded shares

Current account balance

Exports: $2.6 million (f.o.b., 1991 est.)
Commodities: turtle products, manufactured consumer goods
Partners: mostly US

Imports: $262.2 million (c.i.f., 1991 est.)
Commodities: foodstuffs, manufactured goods
Partners: US, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, Netherlands Antilles, Japan

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold

Debt external: $15 million (1986)

Stock of direct foreign investment at home

Stock of direct foreign investment abroad

Exchange rates: Caymanian dollars (CI$) per US$1 - 0.85 (22 November 1993)

Cayman Islands - Energy 1994
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Electricity access

Electricity production: 256 million kWh

Electricity consumption
Per capita: 8,780 kWh (1992)

Electricity exports

Electricity imports

Electricity installed generating capacity

Electricity transmission distribution losses

Electricity generation sources


Refined petroleum

Natural gas

Carbon dioxide emissions

Energy consumption per capita

Cayman Islands - Communication 1994
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Telephones fixed lines

Telephones mobile cellular

Telephone system

Broadcast media

Internet country code

Internet users

Broadband fixed subscriptions

Cayman Islands - Military 1994
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Military expenditures

Military and security forces

Military service age and obligation

Terrorist groups

Cayman Islands - Transportation 1994
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National air transport system

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix

Airports: 3
Usable: 3
With permanentsurface runways: 2
With runways over 3659 m: 0
With runways 2440-3659 m: 0
With runways 1220-2439 m: 2

Airports with paved runways

Airports with unpaved runways






Merchant marine: 30 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 368,037 GRT/581,060 DWT, bulk 9, cargo 8, chemical tanker 2, oil tanker 3, passenger-cargo 1, roll-on/roll-off cargo 7
Note: a flag of convenience registry

Ports and terminals

Cayman Islands - Transnational issues 1994
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Disputes international: none

Refugees and internally displaced persons

Illicit drugs: a major money-laundering center for illicit drug profits; transshipment point for cocaine and marijuana bound for the US and Europe

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