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 Cayman Islands
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Area: 260 sq km (100 sq miles)
Population: 47,900 (UN, 2008)
Capital City: George Town, on Grand Cayman
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Overview
Government Type A parliamentary representative democratic dependency
Independence none (overseas territory of the UK)
Constitution The Cayman Islands Constitution Order 2009, 6 November 2009
Legal system British common law and local statutes
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal
Executive Branch

Head of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor Helen KILPATRICK (since 6 September 2013)

Head of government: Premier Alden MCLAUGHLIN (since 29 May 2013)

Cabinet: The Cabinet (six members are appointed by the governor on the advice of the premier, selected from among the elected members of the Legislative Assembly)

Elections: the monarchy is hereditary; the governor appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or coalition appointed by the governor as premier

Legislative Branch

Unicameral Legislative Assembly (20 seats; 18 members elected by popular vote and 2 ex officio members from The Cabinet; to serve four-year terms)

Elections: last held on 22 May 2013 (next to be held in 24 May 2017)

Election results: percent of vote by party - PPM 36.1%, UDP 27.8%, C4C 18.6%, independents 11.9%, PNA 5.7%; seats by party - PPM 9, UDP 3, C4C 3, independent 2, PNA 1

Judicial Branch Grand Court; Cayman Islands Court of Appeal; Summary Court
Country Studies
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Australian Government - Cayman Islands
Country profile, economic and trade information, and foreign relations from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
BBC News Territory Profile - Cayman Islands
A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.
Country Health Profile - Cayman Islands
Information, health situation analysis, and statistics about countries in the Americas.
CIA World Factbook - Cayman Islands
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.
ITC - Cayman Islands
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).
Library of Congress Portals to the World - Cayman Islands
Country portal and resources compiled by Library of Congress subject experts.
PAHO/WHO
Official site of the Pan American Health Organization, a regional office of the World Health Organization.
UNdata Country Profile - Cayman Islands
Provides summary, economic, social, and environmental statistics from the United Nations Statistics Division.
UNESCO Communication & Information - Cayman Islands
Country profile, news and links to related projects and websites.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics - Cayman Islands
A selection of national statistics on education, literacy, science and technology, culture, and communication.
United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Cayman Islands
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.
United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - Cayman Islands
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.
U.S. Department of Energy - Cayman Islands
Country energy profile for production, consumption, U.S. oil imports, and CO2 emissions.
U.S. Department of State - Background Note: Cayman Islands
This resource provides background information on issues such as the economy, history, politics, and foreign relations. The State Department also provides access to annual reports on human rights and terrorism.
Diplomacy and Aid
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CARICOM - Cayman Islands
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was established by the Treaty of Chaguaramas in 1973. It is a regional organization dedicated to improving development, trade and economics, international competitiveness and economic leverage, coordination of foreign economic policies, and standards of living and work.
Delegation of the European Union to Jamaica, Belize, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands and the Cayman Islands
The Delegations of the External Service serve European Union interests throughout the world.
European Union Relations with the Cayman Islands
Overview, country strategy, agreements, and documents on the European Union's relations with the Cayman Islands.
ReliefWeb - Cayman Islands
ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news, documents, maps, and background information on emergency assistance by country.
United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA) - Cayman Islands
"UKOTA exists to promote the interests of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories and co-operation between them. Specifically UKOTA demonstrates the collective and individual partnerships between the territories and Her Majesty's Government."
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
News, operations, statistics, background, analysis and policy, and maps from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Select Cayman Islands from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the right.
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