60 Interesting Facts About Jamaica

Last updated on June 29th, 2020

5 Reggae Music Facts

51. Bob Marley’s “Legend” is the highest selling reggae record of all time.

52. Worth a whopping $22 million, Shaggy is the richest living reggae artist. If Bob Marley were still alive, analysts predict that he would be worth $130 million.

53. Reggae was developed almost by accident in Kingston after rocksteady, which came about after ska.

54. Since its invention, Reggae has been a vessel for musicians to express political and social views. It has been tied to the Rastafari movement for many years.

55. There are more than 200 reggae festivals around the world each year.

Map of Jamaica

5 Fun Facts About Jamaica for Kids

56. In Jamaica, they drive on the left side of the road.

57. There are only 8 species of snake indigenous to Jamaica and none of them are venomous.

58. Port Royal in Jamaica used to be called ‘The wickedest city on Earth’.

59. Ian Flemming wrote all 14 James Bond novels while he was living in Jamaica.

60. The second main indigenous people of Jamaica were the Arawak. They called this island “Xaymaca” which means “Land of Wood and Water”.

Jamaica – country at a glance

Independence6 August 1962 (from the UK)
National Anthem"Jamaica, Land We Love"
Capital CityKingston
17°59′N 76°48′W
Largest CityKingston
17°59′N 76°48′W
Total area10,991 sq km
Population2,818,596 (2022 est.)
Official LanguageEnglish
Suffrage18 years of age; universal
Literacy rate88.7%
National symbolsgreen-and-black streamertail (bird), Guaiacum officinale (Guaiacwood)
National colorsgreen, yellow, black
Government typeparliamentary democracy (Parliament) under a constitutional monarchy; a Commonwealth realm
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterAndrew Holness
Life expectancy at birth75.75 years (2022 est.)
BordersNo land borders (Island country.)
CurrencyJamaican dollar (JMD)
Industriestourism, bauxite/alumina, agricultural-processing, light manufactures, rum, cement, metal, paper, chemical products, telecommunications
Exports$5.114 billion (2018 est.)
alumina, bauxite, sugar, rum, coffee, yams, beverages, chemicals, apparel, mineral fuels
Imports$7.314 billion (2018 est.)
food and other consumer goods, industrial supplies, fuel, parts and accessories of capital goods, machinery and transport equipment, construction materials
GDP - per capita (PPP)$8,700 (2020 est.)
Birth rate15.91 births/1,000 population (2022 est.)
Death rate7.43 deaths/1,000 population (2022 est.)
Sex ratio0.98 male(s)/female (2022 est.)
Natural resourcesbauxite, gypsum, limestone
Mean elevation18 m
Lowest pointCaribbean Sea 0 m
Highest pointBlue Mountain Peak 2,256 m
Terrainmostly mountains, with narrow, discontinuous coastal plain
Climatetropical; hot, humid; temperate interior
Agricultural land41.4%
Time Zone(UTC-5)
Internet country code.jm
Calling Code+1-876
Drives on theLeft
Table last updated July 25, 2022