36 Facts About Cayman Islands


Cayman Islands is a self-governing British Overseas Territory—the largest by population in the western Caribbean Sea.

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Cayman Islands is considered to be part of the geographic Western Caribbean Zone as well as the Greater Antilles.

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Cayman Islands named them 'Las Tortugas' due to the large number of turtles found on the islands; however, in the succeeding decades the islands began to be referred to as the Caymans, after the caimans present there.

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Cayman Islands was the grandson of the original settler named Bodden who was probably one of Oliver Cromwell's soldiers at the taking of Jamaica in 1655.

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The results of the first census taken in the islands in 1802 showed the population on Grand Cayman to be 933, with 545 of those inhabitants being enslaved.

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On 22 June 1863, the Cayman Islands became officially declared and administered as a dependency of the Crown Colony of Jamaica.

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Politically the Cayman Islands were an internally self-governing territory of Jamaica from 1958 to 1962; however, they reverted to direct British rule following the independence of Jamaica in 1962.

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The Cayman Islands government focused on boosting the territory's economy via tourism and off-shore finance, both of which mushroomed from the 1970s onwards.

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Grand Cayman Islands began a major rebuilding process and within two years its infrastructure was nearly returned to pre-hurricane status.

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Mammalian species in the Cayman Islands include the introduced Central American agouti and eight species of bats.

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Marine life around the island of the Grand Cayman Islands includes tarpon, silversides, French angelfish (Pomacanthus paru), and giant barrel sponges.

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The name "Cayman Islands" is derived from a Carib word for various crocodilians.

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The Cayman Islands has long been a popular destination for expatriates, dating back to the late 1970s when the country's financial sector started to take off.

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The Cayman Islands have come under criticism for allegations of money laundering and other financial crimes, including a 2016 statement by former US president Barack Obama that described a particular building which was the registered address of over 12, 000 corporations as a "tax scam".

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Cayman Islands holds a relatively low unemployment rate of about 4.

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Cayman Islands have a high cost of living, even when compared to UK and US.

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All three islands offer scuba diving, and the Cayman Islands are home to several snorkelling locations where tourists can swim with stingrays.

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In November 2008 her ownership was transferred for an undisclosed amount to the government of the Cayman Islands, which had decided to sink the Kittiwake in June 2009 to form a new artificial reef off Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman.

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The National Trust for the Cayman Islands provides guided tours weekly on the Mastic Trail and other locations.

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Cayman Islands has a population of 69, 656 and therefore a limited workforce.

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Cayman Islands presently imposes a controversial "rollover" in relation to expatriate workers who require a work permit.

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Cayman Islands are a British overseas territory, listed by the UN Special Committee of 24 as one of the 16 non-self-governing territories.

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The executive authority of the Cayman Islands is vested in the King and is exercised by the Government, consisting of the Governor and the Cabinet.

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The Cayman Islands generally lacks any form of organised political parties.

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Defence of the Cayman Islands is the responsibility of the United Kingdom which the Royal Navy has a ship on permanent station in the Caribbean HMS Medway and additionally sends another Royal Navy or Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship as a part of Atlantic Patrol (NORTH) tasking.

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However, the Cayman Islands still participates in some international organisations, being an associate member of Caricom and UNESCO, and a member of a sub-bureau of Interpol.

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University College of the Cayman Islands has campuses on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac and is the only government-run university on the Cayman Islands.

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International College of the Cayman Islands is a private college in Grand Cayman.

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Grand Cayman Islands is home to St Matthew's University, which includes a medical school and a school of veterinary medicine.

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Co-situated with University College of the Cayman Islands, it offers both degree programs and continuing education units of various sorts.

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Cayman Islands are a member of FIFA, the International Olympic Committee and the Pan American Sports Organisation, and competes in the biennial Island Games.

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Cayman Islands are a member of the International Cricket Council which they joined in 1997 as an Affiliate, before becoming an Associate member in 2002.

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Cayman Islands's won a bronze medal in the 200m at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics and gold in the same event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

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Olive Hilda Miller was the first paid reporter to work for a Cayman Islands newspaper, beginning her career on the Tradewinds newspaper, which her work helped to establish.

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Feature films that have been filmed in the Cayman Islands include: The Firm, Haven, Cayman Went and Zombie Driftwood.

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Television in the Cayman Islands consist of three over-the-air broadcast stations, Trinity Broadcasting Network - CIGTV - Seventh Day Adventist Network.

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