Jamaica Facts

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General Facts

Population: 2.8 million 

Official Languages: English

Further?Languages: Arawak, Creole

Jamaican Government: Jamaica is a parliamentary democracy governed under the constitution of 1962. It has a bicameral Parliament made up of a 21-member Senate and a 60-member House of Representatives. The prime minister is the head of government. The head of state is the British monarch, as represented by the governor-general. The country has two main political parties: the Jamaica Labor party (JLP) generally favors private enterprise, while the People’s National party (PNP) advocates a moderate socialism. Administratively, the country is divided into 14 parishes.

http://jis.gov.jm/government/

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Capitals Province: Kingston

Area: 10,991 km²

Currency: Jamaican Dollar 

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Crime : 

Jamaica has had one of the highest murder rates in the world for many years, according to UN estimates. Some areas of Jamaica, particularly cities such as Kingston, experience high levels of crime and violence. Many Jamaicans are hostile toward LGBT and intersex people. Various mob attacks against gay people have been reported, prompting human-rights groups to call Jamaica “the most homophobic place on earth.

Economy:

Jamaica is a mixed economy. Major sectors of the Jamaican economy include agriculture, mining, manufacturing, tourism, and financial and insurance services. Tourism and mining are the leading earners of foreign exchange. Half the Jamaican economy relies on services, with half of its income coming from services such as tourism. An estimated 1.3 million foreign tourists visit Jamaica every year. Education is free from the early childhood to secondary levels. There are also opportunities for those who cannot afford further education in the vocational arena through the Human Employment and Resource Training-National Training Agency (HEART Trust-NTA) programme, which is opened to all working age national population, and through an extensive scholarship network for the various universities. About 40–45% of educated people in Jamaica knows some form of Spanish. 

Education:

Education is free from the early childhood to secondary levels. There are also opportunities for those who cannot afford further education in the vocational arena through the Human Employment and Resource Training-National Training Agency (HEART Trust-NTA) programme, which is opened to all working age national population, and through an extensive scholarship network for the various universities. About 40–45% of educated people in Jamaica knows some form of Spanish.

Jamaica Food: Music

Jamaican cuisine includes a mixture of cooking techniques, flavours, spices and influences from the indigenous people on the island of Jamaica, Spanish, British, Africans, Indian and Chinese who have inhabited the island. Dishes from the different cultures brought to the island with the arrival of people from elsewhere. is famous for its Jamaican jerk spice, which is integral to Jamaican cuisine. Jamaica is also home to Red Stripe beer and Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee. A great wide variety of seafood, tropical fruits and meats are available. 

http://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/jamaican.html

 

Music:

Though a small nation, Jamaican culture has a strong global presence. The musical genres reggae, ska, mento, rocksteady, dub, and, more recently, dancehall and ragga all originated in the island’s vibrant, popular urban recording industry. Jamaica also played an important role in the development of punk rock, through reggae and ska. Reggae has also influenced American rap music, as they share roots as rhythmic, African styles of music. Some rappers, such as The Notorious B.I.G. and Heavy D, are of Jamaican descent. Internationally known reggae musician Bob Marley was a Jamaican legend.

Hotels & Accommodation:

Island Hotels. For all the fine finishing, luxury details and service with a smile. Take some real time-out at our island hotels.

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Sport:

Sport is an integral part of national life in Jamaica and the island’s athletes tend to perform to a standard well above what might ordinarily be expected of such a small country. While the most popular local sport is cricket, on the international stage Jamaicans have tended to do particularly well at track and field athletics. The country is one of 10 ICC full member teams who participate in international Test Cricket.The Jamaica national cricket team competes regionally, and also provides players for the West Indies. Since independence Jamaica has consistently produced world class athletes in track and field.

Things to do?….

Dunn’s River Falls
White Witch Of Rose Hall
Blue Mountains
Doctors’s Cave Beach Club
Dolphin Cove Jamaica
Mayfield Falls 
Bob Marley Museum
James Bond Beach
Devon House
Green Grotto Caves
Rio Grande
National Galley
Lime Kay Private Beach
Amusement Park

Transport Roadways
The transport infrastructure in Jamaica consists of roadways, railways and air transport, with roadways forming the backbone of the island’s internal transport system. The Jamaican road network consists of almost 21,000 kilometres (13,000 mi) of roads, of which over 15,000 kilometres (9,300 mi) is paved. 

Health tips for Travelers:

Health Information for Travelers to Jamaica is focused on providing high-quality Information, to help everyone in Jamaica and the rest of the world.

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/TRAVEL/DESTINATIONS/TRAVELER/NONE/JAMAICA

Emergency Contact Numbers:

Addiction Alert (24 hours)
1-888-991-4146 hotline

AIDS/STD
929-9408/9
Helpline 1-888-991-4444

Alcoholics Anonymous
926-5556/927-0812 Kingston (24 hr service)
979-2862/952-2481 Montego Bay

Air-Sea Rescue
119

Ambulance
110

Air Ambulance – 24-hours:
Karvin Air 978-8405/Cell. 0995-7745
Wings Jamaica (day) 923-5416/6573 day; 927-9769 night

Coast Guard
967-8031/8223/8190-3 Kingston
973-3256 Discovery Bay

Domestic Violence
119,
927-7681/2 Police (24 hours daily)

Fire
110

Jamaica Defense Force Emergency Flying 
926-9260/9 Ext. 2147

Jamaica Public Service
925-1021 between 11 p.m & 7 a.m.

Mentally Ill (Assistance with)
119
927-7681/2 Police 24 hours daily

Missing Persons
119
927-7681-2

Police
119

Police Crime Stop
927-3507

Police Corporate Area
927-7778 hotline 24 hours daily

Stolen Motor Vehicles
119
922-3771, 927-7681-2

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