Jamaica At a Glance

Country 

Jamaica, island country of the West Indies. It is the third largest island in the Caribbean Sea, after Cuba and Hispaniola.

Capital

The capital city of Jamaica is Kingston

 

Geographic Location 

It is situated some 100 miles (160 km) west of Haiti, 90 miles (150 km) south of Cuba, and 390 miles (630 km) northeast of the nearest point on the mainland, Cape Gracias a Dios, on the Caribbean coast of Central America.

Population 

2.935 Milllion

Language 

English, the official language, is commonly used in towns and among the more-privileged social classes. Jamaican Creole is also widely spoken. Its vocabulary and grammar are based in English, but its various dialects derive vocabulary and phrasing from West African languages, Spanish, and, to a lesser degree, French.

Government 

Jamaica is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government. 

Weather 

In Jamaica, the climate is tropical, hot all year round, with little difference between winter and summer (just a few degrees). Even in winter, daytime temperatures are around 27/30 °C (81/86 °F) and night-time temperatures around 20/23 °C (68/73 °F).

Currency 

The official currency in Jamaica in the Jamaican Dollar. 100 Jamaica dollars is apprx to 0.69 U.S Dollars. All Inclusive resorts and key tourist areas also use US Dollars. Credit and debit cards are accepted in major tourist areas, and you can withdraw Jamaican Dollars from ATMs

Time 

Time zone in Jamaica is  Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5) Whereby 7pm in Nigeria is 1pm in Jamaica,

Electricity 

For Jamaica there are two associated plug types, types A and B. Plug type A is the plug which has two flat parallel pins and plug type B is the plug which has two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin. Jamaica operates on a 110V supply voltage and 50Hz.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

All phone numbers area code (876) unless otherwise stated

Ambulance
110

Fire
110

Hurricane Update
116

Office of Disaster Prepared-ness & Emergency Relief
928-5111/4

Police
119

St. John’s Ambulance
926-7656 Kingston
974-5126 Ocho Rios

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

Tourist Board
1-888-991-9999/991-4400 toll free

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