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Boats in a river in Jamaica
Boats in a river in Jamaica

Rivers of Jamaica

Jamaica's major rivers include the Yallahs in the southeast, the Rio Grande in the south-central part of the island, and, in the west, the Black River—Jamaica's longest river and the only one that is navigable for a significant distance (40 kilometers/25 miles).
Photo by Yves Alarie





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Capital: Kingston

Location: Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba

Government: Parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy.

Currency: Jamaican dollars (JMD)

Area: 10,991 sq km

Population: 2,816,602 (July 2021 est.)

Languages: English, English patois

Religion: Protestant 64.8% (includes Seventh Day Adventist 12.0%, Pentecostal 11.0%, Other Church of God 9.2%, New Testament Church of God 7.2%, Baptist 6.7%, Church of God in Jamaica 4.8%, Church of God of Prophecy 4.5%, Anglican 2.8%, United Church 2.1%, Methodist 1.6%, Revived 1.4%, Brethren 0.9%, and Moravian 0.7%), Roman Catholic 2.2%, Jehovah's Witness 1.9%, Rastafarian 1.1%, other 6.5%, none 21.3%, unspecified 2.3% (2011 est.)

TimeZone: UTC-5

Tel Code: +1876

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