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Turks & Caicos Islands

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

Turks & Caicos Islands
StatusDependency (Overseas Territory)
CapitalGrand Turk
Land Area 950km21
LocationNorth America, The Americas, The Caribbean
GroupingsSmall Islands
ISO3166-1 CodesTC, TCA, 7962
Internet Domain.tc3
CurrencyDollar (USD)4

1. Overview

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.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)6

Book CoverWith some of the whitest beaches, the clearest waters and the most varied marine life in the Caribbean, Turks and Caicos will thrill anyone who likes to spend time in or by the water. The Turks and where? That´s the reaction most people have when you mention these tropical isles. Like all great Shangri-Las, this one is hidden just under the radar. Be glad that it is, as this tropical dream is the deserted Caribbean destination you´ve been looking for. And the best part - it´s only 90 minutes by plane from Miami.

So why would you want to go there? How about white-sand beaches, clear blue water and a climate that defines divine. Secluded bays and islands where you´ll see more wild donkeys than other travelers. Historic towns and villages where life creeps along at a sedate pace.

Divers and beach aficionados will rejoice: clear warm waters teem with marine life, yet are devoid of crashing waves. Islands like Grand Turk - set in a time long since past, with its dilapidated buildings, salt ponds and narrow lanes - contrast with the ever expanding Providenciales. While development is on the rise, all one has to do is catch a boat to the next island over and the solace of solitude returns.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)7

As a territory of the UK I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.

2. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below8:

Folk Religion2.7%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Protestant 72.8% (Baptist 35.8%, Church of God 11.7%, Anglican 10%, Methodist 9.3%, Seventh-Day Adventist 6%), Roman Catholic 11.4%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.8%, other 14%9.


There isn't much information in the database for Turks & Caicos Islands, most likely because it is either a part of another country (i.e., a territory or possession) and therefore most international statistics are counted for the country as a whole, or, this is such an exotic place that little data exists about it.