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 Turks and Caicos Islands
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Area: 430 sq km (166 sq miles)
Population: 349,070 (2015)
Capital City: Cockburn Town on Grand Turk
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Overview
Government Type A parliamentary representative democratic dependency
Independence None (overseas territory of the UK)
Constitution Turks and Caicos Islands Constitution (Interim Amendment) Order 2009, S.I. 2009/701 - effective 14 August 2009 - suspended Ministerial government, the House of Assembly, and the constitutional right to trial by jury, and imposed direct British rule | Learn more »
Legal system based on laws of England and Wales with a few adopted from Jamaica and The Bahamas
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal
Executive Branch

Head of State: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor Peter BECKINGHAM (since 9 October 2013) | Learn more »

Head of Government: Premier Rufus EWING (since 13 November 2012) | Learn more »

Cabinet: under provisions of the Order in Council, the cabinet is suspended effective 14 August 2009 and replaced by an Advisory Council appointed by the governor, It was reconstituted after the 2012 election. | Learn more »

Elections: the monarchy is hereditary; governor appointed by the monarch

Legislative Branch

Under provisions of the Order in Council, the unicameral House of Assembly is dissolved and all seats vacated for a period of up to two years; in the interim, a Consultative Forum, appointed by the governor, will be established

Elections: last held on 9 November 2012 (next to be held by 15 December 2016)

Election results: PDM - 50.13% (7 seats), PNP - 44.9% (8 seats)

Judicial Branch Supreme Court; Court of Appeal
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Australian Government - Turks and Caicos
Country profile, economic and trade information, and foreign relations from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
BBC News Territory Profile - Turks and Caicos
A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.
CIA World Factbook - Turks and Caicos
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Country Health Profile - Turks and Caicos
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ITC - Turks and Caicos
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).
UNESCO Institute for Statistics - Turks and Caicos
A selection of national statistics on education, literacy, science and technology, culture, and communication.
UNFPA Caribbean
The UNFPA office in Jamaica serves the English and Dutch Speaking Caribbean inclusive of 21 member countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and The Turks and Caicos Islands.
United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Turks and Caicos
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.
United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - Turks and Caicos
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United Nations Statistics Division: National Accounts - Turks and Caicos
"Statistics database contains a complete and consistent set of time series from 1970 onwards of main national accounts aggregates for all UN Members States and all other countries and areas in the world."
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics - Turks and Caicos
U.S. trade in goods (imports, exports and balance) with Turks and Caicos.
U.S. Department of Energy - Turks and Caicos
Country energy profile for production, consumption, U.S. oil imports, and CO2 emissions.
Diplomacy and Aid
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CARICOM - Turks and Caicos
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.
Diplomacy Monitor (St. Thomas University School of Law)
Indexes current government news releases and other documents on diplomatic issues. Browse for documents by topic or documents issued by or affecting a particular nation.
EU's Relations with the Turks and Caicos Islands
Overview, country strategy, agreements, and documents on the European Union's relations with Turks and Caicos.
ReliefWeb - Turks and Caicos
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.
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 Turks and Caicos Islands from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the right.
United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA) - Turks and Caicos
"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."
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