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 for Cayman Islands
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Cayman Islands
      n 1: a British colony in the Caribbean to the northwest of
           Jamaica; an international banking center

From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

  Cayman Islands
     Introduction Cayman Islands
                               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
     Geography Cayman Islands
                                Location: Caribbean, island group in Caribbean
                                          Sea, nearly one-half of the way from
                                          Cuba to Honduras
                  Geographic coordinates: 19 30 N, 80 30 W
                          Map references: Central America and the Caribbean
                                    Area: total: 262 sq km
                                          water: 0 sq km
                                          land: 262 sq km
                      Area - comparative: 1.5 times the size of Washington, DC
                         Land boundaries: 0 km
                               Coastline: 160 km
                         Maritime claims: exclusive fishing zone: 200 NM
                                          territorial sea: 12 NM
                                 Climate: tropical marine; warm, rainy summers
                                          (May to October) and cool,
                                          relatively dry winters (November to
                                 Terrain: low-lying limestone base surrounded
                                          by coral reefs
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
                                          highest point: The Bluff 43 m
                       Natural resources: fish, climate and beaches that
                                          foster tourism
                                Land use: arable land: 0%
                                          permanent crops: 0%
                                          other: 100% (1998 est.)
                          Irrigated land: NA sq km
                         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 Cayman Islands
                              Population: 36,273 (July 2002 est.)
                           Age structure: 0-14 years: 22% (male 3,836; female
                                          15-64 years: 69.7% (male 12,335;
                                          female 12,929)
                                          65 years and over: 8.3% (male 1,399;
                                          female 1,618) (2002 est.)
                  Population growth rate: 2.03% (2002 est.)
                              Birth rate: 13.45 births/1,000 population (2002
                              Death rate: 5.24 deaths/1,000 population (2002
                      Net migration rate: 12.08 migrant(s)/1,000 population
                                          note: major destination for Cubans
                                          trying to migrate to the US (2002
                               Sex ratio: at birth: 0.86 male(s)/female
                                          under 15 years: 0.92 male(s)/female
                                          15-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female
                                          65 years and over: 0.86 male(s)/
                                          total population: 0.94 male(s)/
                                          female (2002 est.)
                   Infant mortality rate: 9.89 deaths/1,000 live births (2002
                Life expectancy at birth: total population: 79.18 years
                                          female: 81.59 years (2002 est.)
                                          male: 76.38 years
                    Total fertility rate: 2.03 children born/woman (2002 est.)
        HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: NA%
       HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/ NA
                       HIV/AIDS - deaths: NA
                             Nationality: noun: Caymanian(s)
                                          adjective: Caymanian
                           Ethnic groups: mixed 40%, white 20%, black 20%,
                                          expatriates of various ethnic groups
                               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.)
     Government Cayman Islands
                            Country name: conventional long form: none
                                          conventional short form: Cayman
                       Dependency status: overseas territory of the UK
                         Government type: British crown colony
                                 Capital: George Town
                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
                            Constitution: 1959, revised 1972 and 1992
                            Legal system: British common law and local
                                Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
                        Executive branch: chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II
                                          (since 6 February 1952); Governor
                                          Bruce DINWIDDY (since 29 May 2002)
                                          elections: none; the monarch is
                                          hereditary; the governor is
                                          appointed by the monarch
                                          head of government: W. McKeeva BUSH
                                          (since NA December 2001)
                                          cabinet: Executive Council (three
                                          members appointed by the governor,
                                          four members elected by the
                                          Legislative Assembly)
                      Legislative branch: unicameral Legislative Assembly (18
                                          seats, three appointed members from
                                          the Executive Council and 15 elected
                                          by popular vote; members serve four-
                                          year terms)
                                          elections: last held 8 November 2000
                                          (next to be held NA November 2004)
                                          election results: percent of vote -
                                          NA%; seats - NA
                         Judicial branch: Summary Court; Grand Court; Cayman
                                          Islands Court of Appeal
           Political parties and leaders: there are no formal political
                                          parties but the following loose
                                          groupings act as political
                                          organizations; National Team [leader
                                          NA]; Democratic Alliance [leader
                                          NA]; Team Cayman [leader NA]; United
                                          Democratic Party [leader NA]
            Political pressure groups and NA
               International organization Caricom (observer), CDB, Interpol
                           participation: (subbureau), IOC, UNESCO (associate)
     Diplomatic representation in the US: none (overseas territory of the UK)
       Diplomatic representation from the 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 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
     Economy Cayman Islands
                      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 - $1.18
                                          billion (1999 est.)
                  GDP - real growth rate: 4.5% (2000)
                        GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $30,000
                                          (1999 est.)
             GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 1.4%
                                          industry: 3.2%
                                          services: 95.4% (1994 est.)
           Population below poverty line: NA%
       Household income or consumption by lowest 10%: NA%
                        percentage share: highest 10%: NA%
        Inflation rate (consumer prices): 2.3% (2000)
                             Labor force: 19,820 (1995)
             Labor force - by occupation: agriculture 1.4%, industry 12.6%,
                                          services 86% (1995)
                       Unemployment rate: 4.1% (1997)
                                  Budget: revenues: $265.2 million
                                          expenditures: $248.9 million,
                                          including capital expenditures of
                                          $NA (1997)
                              Industries: tourism, banking, insurance and
                                          finance, construction, construction
                                          materials, furniture
       Industrial production growth rate: NA%
                Electricity - production: 355 million kWh (2000)
      Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 100%
                                          hydro: 0%
                                          other: 0% (2000)
                                          nuclear: 0%
               Electricity - consumption: 330.15 million kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2000)
                  Agriculture - products: vegetables, fruit; livestock, turtle
                                 Exports: $1.2 million (1999)
                   Exports - commodities: turtle products, manufactured
                                          consumer goods
                      Exports - partners: mostly US
                                 Imports: $457.4 million (1999)
                   Imports - commodities: foodstuffs, manufactured goods
                      Imports - partners: US, Trinidad and Tobago, UK,
                                          Netherlands Antilles, Japan
                         Debt - external: $70 million (1996)
                Economic aid - recipient: $NA
                                Currency: Caymanian dollar (KYD)
                           Currency code: KYD
                          Exchange rates: Caymanian dollars per US dollar -
                                          0.82 (29 October 2001), 0.83 (3
                                          November 1995), 0.85 (22 November
                             Fiscal year: 1 April - 31 March
     Communications Cayman Islands
            Telephones - main lines in use: 19,000 (1995)
              Telephones - mobile cellular: 2,534 (1995)
                          Telephone system: general assessment: NA
                                            domestic: NA
                                            international: 1 submarine coaxial
                                            cable; satellite earth station - 1
                                            Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)
                  Radio broadcast stations: AM 1, FM 5, shortwave 0 (1998)
                                    Radios: 36,000 (1997)
             Television broadcast stations: 1 with cable system
                               Televisions: 7,000 (1997)
                     Internet country code: .ky
         Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 16 (2000)
                            Internet users: NA
     Transportation Cayman Islands
                                Railways: 0 km
                                Highways: total: 406 km
                                          paved: 304 km
                                          unpaved: 102 km
                               Waterways: none
                       Ports and harbors: Cayman Brac, George Town
                         Merchant marine: total: 121 ships (1,000 GRT or over)
                                          totaling 2,034,181 GRT/3,191,597 DWT
                                          ships by type: bulk 24, cargo 4,
                                          chemical tanker 34, container 1,
                                          liquefied gas 1, petroleum tanker
                                          14, refrigerated cargo 40, roll on/
                                          roll off 2, specialized tanker 1
                                          note: includes some foreign-owned
                                          ships registered here as a flag of
                                          convenience: Bahrain 2, China 1,
                                          Germany 4, Greece 27, Hong Kong 3,
                                          Italy 2, Japan 1, Norway 14, Sweden
                                          13, United Kingdom 15, United States
                                          35 (2002 est.)
                                Airports: 3 (2001)
           Airports - with paved runways: total: 2
                                          1,524 to 2,437 m: 2 (2001)
         Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 1
                                          914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2001)
     Military Cayman Islands
                       Military branches: no regular indigenous military
                                          forces; Royal Cayman Islands Police
                                          Force (RCIPF)
                         Military - note: defense is the responsibility of the
     Transnational Issues Cayman Islands
                Disputes - international: none
                           Illicit drugs: vulnerable to drug money laundering
                                          and drug transshipment to the US and

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