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Cayman Islands - Overview
Population: 44,270 (July 2005 est.)
Religions: United Church (Presbyterian and Congregational), Anglican, Baptist, Church of God, other Protestant, Roman Catholic
Currency: Caymanian dollar (KYD)
The Cayman Islands are a British Colony in the Caribbean, 180 miles northwest of Jamaica and 150 miles south of Cuba. The Caymans occupy about 100 square miles on three islands. The population of 40,000 is about 50 per cent Caymanian. The official language is English. The largest and most populated island is Grand Cayman, where the capital of George Town is situated. As one of the most important and popular ports in the region, George Town has two major docking terminals where thousands of cruise ship passengers board or disembark each day. About 90 miles from Grand Cayman are Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, two tiny sister islands (about 10 square miles each) separated by a wide channel.
The Cayman Islands attract about 1.3 million tourists per year. Although the Caymans enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world, 90 per cent of all consumer goods and foods have to be imported. A tropical climate and luxurious amenities make this an exceptional vacation destination for individuals and families, and relative economic stability contributes to relatively lower rates of crime and a safe and easy-going atmosphere.
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