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Country Information

Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

President: Maxwell Richards (2003)

Prime Minister: Patrick Manning (2001)

Area: Trinidad 4828 sq km (1883 sq mi); Tobago 300 sq km (117 sq mi)

Population  (2003 est.): 1,270,000 (Trinidad 1,220,000; Tobago 51,000) (growth rate: 0.4%); birth rate: 12.7/1000; density per sq km: 253

Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Port-of-Spain, 263,800 (metro. area), 45,300 (city proper)

Position- Between 61 degree and 12 degree W. longitude and 10 degree and 11 degree N. latitude.

 

 

National Birds- Trinidad-Scarlet Ibis (red)

Tobago- Cocrico (brownish)

Area- Trinidad- 4828 sq km

Tobago- 300 sq km

Highest point- Trinidad-El Cerro del Aripo- 940m high

Tobago- Main Ridge- 618m high

Seasons- Dry season (Jan-May) and a Rainy Season (June-December).

Rainfall - Trinidad- average rainfall- 1869mm annually

Tobago- average rainfall- 1300mm annually

Temperature- from 28 degree Celsius on a cool day to 33 degree C on a hot day.

Coolest months in Trinidad and Tobago are from December to February.

Important Dates- 1498- Christopher Columbus re-discovers Trinidad.

1834- The abolition of slavery in Trinidad.

Aug 31, 1962- Independence of Trinidad and Tobago.

Aug 1, 1976- Trinidad and Tobago became a Republic (However September 24 was declared Republic Day to mark the historic first Republican Parliament Meeting).

Monetary unit: Trinidad and Tobago dollar

Languages: English (official), but Hindi, Creole, French, Spanish also spoken.

Ethnicity/race: black 39.5%, East Indian (a local term—primarily immigrants from northern India) 40.3%, mixed 18.4%, white 0.6%, Chinese and other (Syrian, Lebanese and Carib minorities) 1.2%

Religions: Roman Catholic 29.4%, Hindu 23.8%, Anglican 10.9%, Islam 5.8%, Presbyterian 3.4%, other 26.7%

Literacy rate: 94% (2000)

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2001 est.): $10.6 billion; per capita $9,000. 

Real growth rate: 4%. Inflation: 5.6%. 

Agriculture: cocoa, sugarcane, rice, citrus, coffee, vegetables; poultry. Labor force: 564,000 (2000); construction and utilities 12%, manufacturing, mining, and quarrying 14%, agriculture 10%, services 64%. 

Industries: petroleum, chemicals, tourism, food processing, cement, beverage, cotton textiles. 

Natural resources: petroleum, natural gas, asphalt. 

Exports: $4.1 billion (f.o.b., 2001 est.): petroleum and petroleum products, chemicals, steel products, fertilizer, sugar, cocoa, coffee, citrus, flowers. Imports: $3.5 billion (f.o.b., 2001 est.): machinery, transportation equipment, manufactured goods, food, live animals. 

Major trading partners: U.S., Caricom countries, Latin America, EU.

Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 252,000 (1999); mobile cellular: 17,411 (1997). Radio broadcast stations: AM 2, FM 10 (1998). Radios: 680,000 (1997).

Television broadcast stations: 4 (1997). Televisions: 425,000 (1997). Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 17 (2000). Internet users: 120,000 (2002).

Transportation: Railways: minimal agricultural railroad system near San Fernando; railway service was discontinued in 1968 (2001).

Highways: total: 8,320 km; paved: 4,252 km; unpaved: 4,068 km (1996). Ports and harbors: Pointe-a-Pierre, Point Fortin, Point Lisas, Port-of-Spain, Scarborough, Tembladora. Airports: 6 (2001).

Business: Banks are open Monday to Thursday, 8am-2pm; Friday, 9am-12noon and 3-5pm.

Shops:  open 8.30am-4pm Monday – Thursday and until 600pm Friday

Electricity: 110/220 volts

Telephone Codes:   1 -  868

Airport Departure Tax:  TT$100.00

International disputes: none.

Currency:
Trinidad & Tobago Dollar (TTD)
Exchange rates

Trinidad and Tobago Weather Forecast

The Chaconia- native to our forests and bloom during the months of August and September.

THE NATIONAL FLAG (Red, White and Black)

What do the colors represent?

Red represents the vitality of the land and its people; it is the warmth and energy of the sun, the courage and friendliness of the people.

Black represents the dedication of the people joined together by a strong bond. It is the color of unity of purpose and the wealth of the land.

White represents the sea which bounds these lands, the cradle of our heritage, the purity of our aspirations and the equality of all men.

LOCAL FOOD FAVORITES

These are some of the easy on-the-spot foods sold by roadside vendors.

Buljol: Salted codfish shredded and seasoned with pepper, onions, tomatoes and olive oil, served in hops or bake

Callaloo: Made from spinach-like dasheen leaves, with okra and other ingredients that may include coconut and pig-tail

Corn soup: A split peas-based soup with corn and dumplings

Cou-cou: Often served with callaloo, this mixture of cornmeal, okra and butter is boiled and stirred till firm enough to be sliced

Doubles: A popular Indian snack consisting of a soft, fried flour-and-split pea shell filled with curried chick peas

Hops: A roll of white bread, similar to a hamburger bun, only crisper

Macaroni pie: This macaroni, milk and cheese dish is baked and often accompanied by stewed meat and peas

Pastelles: A Christmas specialty similar to Spanish-spiced ground meat with raisins and olives wrapped in a casing of cornmeal and steamed in banana leaves

Pelau: A one-pot dish of rice, pigeon peas and meat, often cooked in coconut milk

Phulouri: Small, deep-fried balls made of a highly seasoned mixture of ground split peas and flour, served with spicy chutney

Roti: A hefty flour wrap (often filled with ground split peas) filled with your choice of curried vegetables and/or meat. Sada rot is a slightly stiffer, greaseless variation, commonly served with vegetables sautéed Indian-style

Shark-and-bake: Richly seasoned shark fillets stuffed into a fried leavened bread (bake) and dressed with a variety of condiments, including pepper, garlic and chadon beni (cilantro) sauces

Current Prices in Trinidad for Local Food-    September, 2003-     Doubles- $1.50-$2.00 TT

                                                                                                      Chicken Roti- $11.00-$20.00TT

Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago: Home Page

The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

The Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange Ltd
Reports and summaries, trading data, company lists, brokers, excerpt from selected annual reports.

Judiciary of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Find out what's going on at Trinidad & Tobago's Supreme Court.

Trinidad & Tobago Manufacturers Association - TTMA


Interesting links to Trinidad and Tobago

Welcome to Trinidad and Tobago: This is a great site for persons interested in Trinidad and Tobago.
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago : United Nations in Geneva
CIA Factbook of T&T

Trinidad and Tobago Constitution

Investing in Trinidad and Tobago
Comprehensive descriptions of investment opportunities and incentives.

US Embassy Port of Spain, Trinidad
Embassy of the United States of America Port of Spain, Trinidad  

Trinidad and Tobago Newspapers

Newsday


Trinidad Carnival

Carnival On The Net
- Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago has evolved over many centuries into the most important National Festival of the twin -island Republic. It has been called the greatest folk festival in the Western World and has been acclaimed the greatest show on earth.
Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Dates 1999-2007
Discover Trinidad and Tobago: Carnival Guide Panyards
- There are over 100 pan theatres in Trinidad; here are some of the more accessible ones.

Trinidad Food

Discover some favorite dishes of Trinidad and Tobago
- Buljol: shredded saltfish with onions and tomatoes, avocado, pepper and olive oil.

Trinidad Phonenumbers


Trinidad and Tobago Web Directory
An information guide for tourists and nationals going to Trinidad & Tobago.
Trinidadian website directory.

Nature Lovers

Cuffie River Eco-Lodge and Nature Retreat

Laguna Mar Beach Resort

Birds of Trinidad & Tobago
Brief information on Trinidad and Tobago and some of the birds found there, includes numerous photos.

Asa Wright Nature Centre
Oldest nature centre in the West Indies. Inexpensive, expertly guided birdwatching.

Scuba Diving Trinidad and Tobago
-Wild Turtle Dive Safari is ideally located at Pigeon Point, minutes from many of Tobago's dive sites.

Great Trinidad and Tobago Sites

One of the best visitors guides on the net.

Discover Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago's Leading Visitor Guide. 

ABC Country Book of Trinidad and Tobago
-Flag, Map, Economy, Geography Trinidad and Tobago Interactive Factbook: Map, Geography, People, Government, Economy, Transportation, Communications etc.
Fulbright Alumni Association of Trinidad and Tobago
TravelShop Trinidad and Tobago
- The TravelShop lists the best travel-information about Trinidad & Tobago.
Development Organizations operating in TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Coral Reef Guest House
- This economical guesthouse has basic rooms with air conditioning and private baths.

Major banks in Trinidad and Tobago

Royal Bank
Republic Bank
Scotia Bank of Trinidad and Tobago
First Citizen Bank of Trinidad and Tobago

Major Airlines in Trinidad and Tobago

British West Indian Airways (BWIA)

Trinidad Phone service

Telecommunication Service of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT)
- Trinidad and Tobago Phone Service

Trinidad Internet Casino

The Island Club Casino Ltd., Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago Internet Service Providers

Interserve
Carib-Link
Rave
Cable Net
Wow Net

Religious Organizations in Trinidad and Tobago

Catholic News
Living Water Community
Sacred Heart Cathedral
Elijah Center Ministries
Sanathan Dharma Sabha of Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Beaches

Trinidad beaches

Tobago beaches

Trinidad and Tobago Guides

Trinidad and Tobago Guide
University
Learn how to become one of us fun-loving, wonderful Trini. Enroll at the University of Beenieville and Learn to be a Trini.

Calendar of Events in Trinidad and Tobago

Calendar
The calendar contains some info on what's happening in T&T.

Restaurants in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants & Tourism Association.

Want to find Carib Beer in North America?

Carib's Miami Office - 8249 NW 36TH Street, Miami FL 33166, Phone 305-591-0885, e-mail: caribusa@caribbeer.com



Want to talk to fellow Trini's?

Join and Talk to fellow Trini's in the Trini Chat Room
Trini Ole talk.

Trinidad and Tobago Radio Stations Online

DJ Mario Ultralarge
98.9 YES fm 's one and only DJ Mario Ultralarge. Chat, Online Song Requests, and much more.

Sports

Trinidad and Tobago Football Online
Comprehensive news, photos, scores and more. The best T&T football (soccer) site on the web.

Music

IERE NET
Iere Net promotes the culture and business of Trinidad & Tobago. Music, Steelband, Car Rentals, Tobago Bed & Breakfast Association.

Popular Trini Sites on The Net

Trinidad & Tobago"> Culture and Demographics from the caribbean island Trinidad & Tobago
The Unofficial Trini Homepage"
DJournalist
Local sports and other stories written by a Trini Journalist.
Limers Inc."
Official Fatima College Website "
The official webpage of one of Trinidad's top secondary schools (and my former school as well).
New Literature from Trinidad & Tobago
An Introduction by British Literary critic Dr. Stewart Brown to the poetry of Trinidadian born writer Roi Kwabena. With excerpts from his latest works, published and unpublished.
An Index to Trinidad and Tobago
EscapeArtist.com

The University of the West Indies

The Port Authority of Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago Rugby Football Union Official Website- TTRFU -
Official Website of the Trinidad & Tobago Rugby Football Union

The Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists' Club

Panmakers to the World: Trinidad and Tobago Instruments Limited
Panmakers to the world. Steelpan manufacturer offering drums and accessories. 


The Steelbands (Pan) of Trinidad and Tobago
Histories of tamboo bamboo, the steeldrums, the pan people and the steelbands. 

Trinidad and Tobago Entertainment
Trinidad and Tobago: the Entertainment Capital of the Caribbean -Database of local artistes and performers, an event calendar, industry profiles, news, and audio/video.

Trinidad & Tobago Bureau of Standards

Trini.com: #1 Trinidad and Tobago Web Site for Trinis in T&T and ...
A virtual Trini home includes directory, email, chat rooms, and resources.

Trinbago.com : T&T's Start Page !
Trinidad and Tobago search engine, On-line chat, message board, free classifieds, and email.

Unit Trust Corporation of Trinidad & Tobago
 An investment company operating in Trinidad and Tobago.

PETROTRIN - Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Geological Society Of Trinidad and Tobago Home Page


The Trinidad and Tobago Philatelic Page.
Promoting interest in collecting Trinidad and Tobago stamps and postal history
as a means of learning about the history and culture of Trinidad and Tobago.

 

The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
Piarco International and Crown Point International.

Welcome to HOMEVIEWTnT.com
Offers live radio and video feeds, as well as information on sports and carnivals.

US SATE DEPT INFO ON TRINIDAD

Trinidadlaw.com 
Business law firm, offering foreign investors and their professional advisers a comprehensive online source.

The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited

National Herbarium of Trinidad and Tobago - Home page
 Collection of scientific plant specimens, and some of the history behind one of the oldest Herbaria in the Caribbean.

The First Nations of Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribs of Arima
 Historical look at the first peoples of Trinidad and Tobago - the indigenous Caribs. 

Bibliography of Creative Writing in Trinidad and Tobago Index
Covers poems, prose, and plays by Trinbagonians living in the islands or abroad.

Where do you want to go birding in Trinidad & Tobago today?
Includes information on available tours, lodges, specialty birds, and valuable links.

Trinidad & Tobago Orchid Society Webpage

Cultural Associations

Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Association
The Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Association at the University of Miami is a student organization committed to the preservation and promotion of Trinbagonian culture on and around our campus.  

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