Latin America & Caribbean

Jamaica profile - Facts

Stephen Marley perfoms during a show
Jamaica is the birthplace of reggae music and the Rastafari spiritual movement
  • Full name: Jamaica
  • Population: 2.8 million (UN, 2012)
  • Capital: Kingston
  • Area: 10,991 sq km (4,243 sq miles)
  • Major language: English (official), English patois
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 71 years (men), 76 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 Jamaican dollar = 100 cents
  • Main exports: Bauxite, alumina, garments, sugar, bananas, rum
  • GNI per capita: US $5,220 (World Bank, 2013)
  • Internet domain: .jm
  • International dialling code: + 1876