Trinidad and Tobago
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Political Status: Independent member of the Commonwealth since August 31, 1962; republican constitution adopted August 1, 1976.
Area: 1,980 sq. mi. (5,128 sq. km.), of which Trinidad encompasses 1,864 sq. mi. (4,828 sq. km.) and Tobago 116 sq. mi. (300 sq. km.).
Population: 1,262,366 (2000C); 1,315,000 (2006E).
Major Urban Center (2000C): PORT-OF-SPAIN (49,031).
Official Language: English. On September 1, 2005, the government announced that Spanish would be adopted as an official language by 2020 to permit Trinidadians to compete more effectively in regional markets.
Monetary Unit: Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (market rate November 2, 2007: 6.29 dollars = $1US).
President: George Maxwell (Max) RICHARDS; elected by Parliament to a five-year term on February 14, 2003, and inaugurated on March 17, succeeding Arthur Napoleon Raymond ROBINSON.
Prime Minister: Patrick ...