Where is Jamaica?

Located in the Caribbean, Jamaica is an island nation.The country is not currently involved in any territory disputes.

Jamaica is a North American country covering 10,991.00 km2 of which 1.46% is water and 10,831.00 km2 is land. This makes it the 35th smallest country in the world and about half the size of New Jersey; slightly smaller than Connecticut. Its geographic coordinates are 18 15 N, 77 30 W and Kingston is the capital city.

The name of the country is said to come from the native Taino word "haymaca" which means "Land of Wood and Water".

Its ISO code is JM.


Jamaica has a mean elevation of 18 m above sea level. Its lowest elevation is Caribbean Sea. Its highest elevation is Blue Mountain Peak which is 2,256m above tall.

It has a tropical climate with a hot, humid temperate. Its terrain mostly consists of mountains with narrow, discontinuous coastal plains.


Jamaica has a population of 2,970,340 making it the 139th largest in the world. The population density is high throughout the entire country.

English is the official language; English patois is also spoken. The major ethnic group reported is black. The majority of the population has Christian religious beliefs, with a significant populaton claiming to be non-religious.

The dialing code for the country is -875.


Jamaica is an independent country. It gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1962. Its constitution was last ratified in 1962.


Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Jamaica's GDP is $25,390,000,000.00 (USD) with $9,000.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 139th largest economy and its citizens the 139th richest in the world. The currency of Jamaica is the Dollar (JMD).

Its major export partners are the United States, Canada, and Russia. Its main exports are alumina, bauxite, sugar, rum, coffee, and yams. Its major import partners are the United States, China, and Trinidad and Tobago. Its major imports include food and other consumer goods, industrial supplies, fuel, parts, and machinery.

This page was last modified on September 6th, 2017