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TURKS AND CAICOS
 
   
   
 

Turks and Caicos Identity Card

 

 
Country name: Turks and Caicos Islands
Area: 430 sq km
Coastline: 389 km
Highest point: Blue Hills 49 m
Population: 20,556
Density: 47/km2
Population growth rate: 2.9%
Official Language: English
Religions: Baptist 40%, Methodist 16%, Anglican 18%, Church of God 12%, other 14%
Government type: overseas territory of the UK
Capital: Cockburn Town
GDP - per capita: $11,500
Inflation rate: 4%
Currency (code): US dollar (USD)
ISO CODE Alpha2: TC
ISO CODE Alpha3: TCA
ISO NUMERIC CODE: 796
Calling code: +1 649
Internet country code: .tc
Time Zone: - 5.0 H

 
 
 
 

Turks and Caicos is the sort of island that travellers to the Caribbean dream about; a small, lush tropical gem that is ticked away from the harried pace of urbanisation. Here the lush spread rainforest is broken only by verdant fields of emerald green vegetations and perfect aquamarine treasures. One of the most valuable possessions of the islands is spiny lobster and conch. Located near the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos comprise of thirty tropical islands under two separate groups. Despite being in the Caribbean region, the islands have fair share of North Atlantic Ocean coastlines. The Grand Turk and Salt Cay are the most prominent islands of the Turk group. Almost all the islands are made of flat limestone surface, bereft of any towering mountain ranges. Turks and Caicos is also a hub of verdant marshes and mangrove swamps that grow extensively due to tropical climates.
Turks and Caicos were initially inhabited by Arawak-Amerindians and later gave way Spanish, French and British settlement. After being placed under the Bahamian government, Turks and Caicos became a dependency of the colony of Jamaica. In August 1962, the Turks and Caicos Islands became a crown colony of Britain. Today it is enlisted with the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories.

 



 

 

 
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