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Cayman Islands
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Motto:
He Hath Founded it Upon the Seas
 
Location:
Caribbean, three-island group (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman) in the Caribbean Sea, 240 km south of Cuba and 268 km northwest of Jamaica
 
History:
The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries and were administered by Jamaica from 1863. In 1959 the islands became a territory within the Federation of the West Indies, but when the Federation dissolved in 1962, the Cayman Islands chose to remain a British dependency.
 
Elections:

Last elections held 2009

Next elections due 2014

 
Ruling Party:

United Democratic Party (UDP)

 
Major Political Parties:
United Democratic Party (UDP); People's Progressive Movement (PPM);
 
Head of State:
Stuart D.M. Jack, CVO, Governor
 
Head of Government:
Honourable William McKeeva Bush, OBE, JP Premier
 
Date of birth: 20 January 1955
 
Marital Status: Married

Professional/Political Career:
1984: Elected to the Legislative Assembly
1992-94: Minister for Health and Human Services
1994-97: Minister for Community Development, Sports, Youth, Women's Affairs and Culture
2000-2001: Minister for Tourism, Environment and Transport
2001: Elected Leader of Government Business
2005: Leader of the Opposition
2009: Leader of Government Business/Sworn in as the first Premier of the Cayman Islands

 

Economic Summary:
With no direct taxation, the islands are a thriving offshore financial centre. With no direct taxation, the islands are a thriving offshore financial center. Some 83,532 companies were registered in the Cayman Islands as of 2006. As of March 2008, there were 9,681 Mutual Funds, 788 insurers, and 277 banks. A stock exchange was opened in 1997.
 
Tourism is also a mainstay, accounting for about 35 % of GDP but this figure is based on estimates. The tourist industry is aimed at the luxury market and caters mainly to visitors from North America. Total tourist arrivals exceeded 2.0 million by year-end 2008, with some 79.6 of stay-over arrivals coming from the US.
 
About 90% of the islands' food and consumer goods must be imported. Caymanians enjoy one of the highest outputs per capita and one of the highest standards of living in the world.
 
Airport:
Grand Cayman Airport - Owen Roberts International Airport
Cayman Brac Airport - Gerard Smith Airport
Little Cayman Airport - Edward Bodden Airport
 
Status:
Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom
 
Capital:
George Town (on Grand Cayman)
 
Area:
122.23 km2 (75.97 miles2)
 
Population:
53,172 (2006)
  
Currency
Cayman dollar (KYD)
 
GDP
$2,034 billion (2006)
 
GDP Per Capita (at current market prices):
$39,100 (2006 est.)
 
Total Exports:
$19.2 million (2006)
 
Total Imports:
$887.6 million (2006)
 
Intra-Regional Exports:
$5.6 million (2006)
 
Intra-Regional Imports:
Not available
 
Business Hours:
Commercial: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday
Government: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
 
National Holidays:
New Years Day (01 January); National Heroes Day (Fourth Monday in January); Ash Wednesday, Good Friday,; Easter Monday,; Queens Official Birthday (mid June); Constitution Day (first Monday in July); Remembrance Day (10 November, 2008); Christmas Day (25 December); Boxing Day (26 December)
 
 
Date of CARICOM Membership:
15 May 2002

National Anthem:
 
God Save the Queen
God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save The Queen.
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save The Queen.

O Lord our God, arise,
Scatter our enemies,
And make them fall;
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks;
On thee our hopes we fix:
God save us all.

Thy choicest gifts in store
On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign.
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice,
God save The Queen.
 
Highest National Award:
Order of Knighthood, bestowed by Her Majesty, the Queen

Favourite dish:
Turtle Stew
 
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