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
|Independence||6 August 1962 (from the UK)
|National Anthem||"Jamaica, Land We Love"|
|Total area||10,991 sq km|
|Population||2,818,596 (2022 est.)|
|Suffrage||18 years of age; universal|
|National symbols||green-and-black streamertail (bird), Guaiacum officinale (Guaiacwood)|
|National colors||green, yellow, black|
|Government type||parliamentary democracy (Parliament) under a constitutional monarchy; a Commonwealth realm|
|Prime Minister||Andrew Holness|
|Life expectancy at birth||75.75 years (2022 est.)|
|Borders||No land borders (Island country.)|
|Currency||Jamaican dollar (JMD)|
|Industries||tourism, 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 rate||15.91 births/1,000 population (2022 est.)|
|Death rate||7.43 deaths/1,000 population (2022 est.)|
|Sex ratio||0.98 male(s)/female (2022 est.)|
|Natural resources||bauxite, gypsum, limestone|
|Mean elevation||18 m|
|Lowest point||Caribbean Sea 0 m|
|Highest point||Blue Mountain Peak 2,256 m|
|Terrain||mostly mountains, with narrow, discontinuous coastal plain|
|Climate||tropical; hot, humid; temperate interior|
|Internet country code||.jm|
|Drives on the||Left|
|Table last updated||July 25, 2022|