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Trinidad and Tobago Travelling Guide
Trinidad and Tobago Travelling Guide

General background: The islands came under British control in the 19th century; independence was granted in 1962. The country is one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean thanks largely to petroleum and natural gas production and processing. Tourism, mostly in Tobago, is targeted for expansion and is growing.

Area comparative: Slightly smaller than Delaware.

Climate: Tropical; rainy season (June to December)

Terrain: Mostly plains with some hills and low mountains.

Population: 1,163,724 (July 2002 est.)

Ethnic groups: Black 39.5%, East Indian (a local term - primarily immigrants from northern India) 40.3%, Mixed 18.4%, White 0.6%, Chinese and other 1.2%

Religions: Roman Catholic 29.4%, Hindu 23.8%, Anglican 10.9%, Muslim 5.8%, Presbyterian 3.4%, other 26.7%

Language: English (official), Hindi, French, Spanish, Chinese

Government type: Parliamentary democracy

Capital: Port-of-Spain

Legal system: Based on English common law; judicial review of legislative acts in the Supreme Court; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction.

Economic overview: Trinidad and Tobago has earned a reputation as an excellent investment site for international businesses. A leading performer in the past 4 years has been the booming natural gas sector. Tourism is a growing sector, although not proportionately as important as in many other Caribbean islands. The expected recovery of the global economy, along with anticipated higher oil prices, are plus factors for 2002. Negative factors are persistent high unemployment and the political uncertainties following the contentious selection of a new government in December 2001.

Communication/Telephone system: Excellent international service; good local service.

Places of interest: The twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago are the Caribbean's odd couple. Trinidad is a densely populated, thriving island with a cosmopolitan population and strong regional influence. It's famous for hosting the loudest, wildest and most popular Carnival in the Caribbean. In contrast, Tobago is relaxed, slow-paced and largely undeveloped, and travelers who enjoy its beaches, reefs and bird-life still tend to think of the island as the last undiscovered gem in the Caribbean.

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