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Turks and Caicos Islands

The islands were part of the UK's Jamaican colony until 1962, when they assumed the status of a separate crown colony upon Jamaica's independence. The governor of The Bahamas oversaw affairs from 1965 to 1973. With Bahamian independence, the islands received a separate governor in 1973. Although independence was agreed upon for 1982, the policy was reversed and the islands remain a British overseas territory.

Languages & Population

Approximate Population: 21,746 (July 2007 est.)

Nationality (Noun): none

Nationality (Adjective): none

Official Language(s): English

Major Languages Spoken: English

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Country Facts

Country Name (long form): none

Country Name (short form): Turks and Caicos Islands

Country Name (local long form): none

Country Name (local short form): none

Name of Capital: Grand Turk (Cockburn Town)

UTC Time Difference (from capital): UTC-5 (same time as Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Countries Near by, and Bordering Turks and Caicos Islands: Cuba, Haiti

Land Area: 430 sq km

Comparative Area: 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline: 389 km

National Holiday: Constitution Day, 30 August (1976)

International Phone Code: -648

Currency Code: US dollar (USD)

Internet Country Code: .tc

US Embassy Location: none (overseas territory of the UK)

US Embassy Mailing Address: none (overseas territory of the UK)

 

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