Interesting Jamaica Facts

Jamaica is an island country located in Eastern North America where it is bordered by the Caribbean Sea. It encompasses 10,991 km2 of land. The estimated overall population of Jamaica is thought to be more than 2,890,299.

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Jamaica Fact File: Continent: North America * Country Name(s): Jamaica * Location: Caribbean, Eastern North America * Bordering: the Caribbean Sea * Capital City: Kingston * Size: 10,991 km2 * Estimated Population: over 2,890,299 * Currency: Jamaican dollar (JMD) * Language(s): English * Country Code: +1

Interesting Jamaica Facts for Kids

Interesting Facts for Kids 1: Size & location facts
Jamaica is located on the continent of North America, it is classed as an island country and is positioned in the Caribbean Sea in Eastern North America. There are seven continents in the world: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Antarctica, Australia (Oceania). North America is the world's third largest continent, occupying a total area of 24,490,000 km2. North America has 23 countries, plus many other territories, and forms 16.5% of the world's landmass. Jamaica is an island country that covers a total area of approximately 10,991 km2. It is one of the largest islands in the Caribbean.

Interesting Facts for Kids 2: Population facts
The population of this North American country is more than 2,890,299 people. The majority of Jamaica's inhabitants reside in Kingston which is the country's most populous city. Jamaica has an average population when compared to most other countries across the world, its overall population density is approximately 246 people per sq km. The estimated population of North America is approximately 573,777,000 inhabitants, making it the continent with the third largest population in the world. The continents in order of population, starting with highest population first, are: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Australia (Oceania Region) and Antarctica. The total population of the entire world is in excess of 7.6 billion people.

Interesting Facts for Kids 3: Capital & major cities
The capital city of Jamaica is Kingston. Other major cities located in this country include Spanish Town, Portmore, Montego Bay, Mandeville and May Pen.

Interesting Facts for Kids 4: Country borders
The following guideline provides details on the approximate border lengths of Jamaica:
Coastline 1,022 km.

Interesting Facts for Kids 5: Climate and geography facts
Jamaica generally has a hot, humid tropical climate with inner areas receiving more temperate conditions. The geography of Jamaica is defined majorly by its mountain regions and narrow coasts. The lowest point of Jamaica is the Caribbean Sea at 0m, and the highest point of elevation is Blue Mountain Peak at 2,256m.

Interesting Facts for Kids 6: Natural Resources of Jamaica
Natural resources can be described as materials and substances found naturally occurring on Earth. Natural resources are very important across the world, and can be exploited for economic gain. The level of resources that occur naturally in an individual country are influenced by varying factors such as the geography, climate and location of that country. Some countries are very rich in natural resources, where as others have limited to none. Countries that have particularly rich resources include Russia, The United States, Saudi Arabia and Canada. Three of the primary uses of natural resources are food, transport and construction. The following examples provide information on the everyday uses of natural resources: Fish occurs naturally in many bodies of water and can be caught for food consumption. Crude oils can be refined into various fuels in order to power vehicles/cars. Wood/timber can be extracted from forests and used to construct houses and furniture. The natural resources found in Jamaica include bauxite, gypsum and limestone.

Interesting Facts for Kids 7: Language facts
The official language of Jamaica is English. English patois is widely spoken in this Caribbean country.

Interesting Facts for Kids 8: Religion facts
The primary religion of Jamaica is Protestant at approximately 64% of the population, with the major religions being Seventh Day Adventist and Pentecostal. The rest of the population either belongs to other religions or no religion at all.

Interesting Facts for Kids 9: Symbols of Jamaica
Each country has its own individual culture, history and identity. Flags, emblems, symbols, mottos, colors, anthems and songs represent the national pride and identity of countries worldwide. These national symbols are forged through a nation's unique history and can represent both hardship and prosperity, embodying freedom, strength and unity. Flags, emblems, songs, mottos and colors reflect the past, present and future hopes of a country, and create an important image to the rest of the world. National symbols can include a mixture of things that are symbolic to a country such as animals, birds, flowers, trees, geographical features, tools of agriculture, crops, and tools of war. The following facts and information provide a guide to some of the most important national symbols, songs and colors of Jamaica:

  • National symbol(s): green-and-black streamertail (bird), Guaiacum officinale (Guaiacwood)

  • National colors: green, yellow and black

  • National Anthem/Song: Jamaica, Land We Love

  • National Holiday(s): Independence Day, 6 August (1962)

  • National Motto(s): Out of many, One People

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