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Country name conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Turks and Caicos Islands
abbreviation: TCI
Gevernment typeNA
Capital name: Grand Turk (Cockburn Town)
geographic coordinates: 21 28 N, 71 08 W
time difference: UTC-5 (same time as Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins first Sunday in April; ends last Sunday in October
Flag descriptionblue, with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the colonial shield centered on the outer half of the flag; the shield is yellow and contains a conch shell, lobster, and cactus
CurrencyUS dollar (USD)
Internet country code.tc
Ports and terminalsGrand Turk, Providenciales
Agriculture productscorn, beans, cassava (tapioca), citrus fruits; fish
Industriestourism, offshore financial services
Geography
LocationCaribbean, two island groups in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of The Bahamas, north of Haiti
Coordinates21 45 N, 71 35 W
ContinentCentral America and the Caribbean
Area total: 430 sq km
land: 430 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Boundaries0 km
Coastline389 km
Climatetropical; marine; moderated by trade winds; sunny and relatively dry
Terrainlow, flat limestone; extensive marshes and mangrove swamps
Natural resourcesspiny lobster, conch
Natural hazardsfrequent hurricanes
People
Population21,152 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsblack 90%, mixed, European, or North American 10%
ReligionsBaptist 40%, Anglican 18%, Methodist 16%, Church of God 12%, other 14% (1990)
LanguagesEnglish (official)

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