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Head of State

paula-mae-weekes

Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes,
President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.


Head of Government

Keith-Rowley

The Honourable Dr. Keith Christopher Rowley,
Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.


Location

The Caribbean islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela 110 N Latitude and 610 W Longitude. Just outside the usual path of hurricanes and other tropical storms.


Climate

Tropical climate with a rainy season from June to December.


Capital

In Trinidad, the capital city is Port of Spain and in Tobago, the capital city is Scarborough.


Area

Trinidad: 4,828 sq km (1,864 sq miles)
Tobago: 300 sq km (116 sq miles)


Currency

Trinidad and Tobago dollar (TTD).
International credit cards and Traveller’s Cheques are widely accepted.


Population

1,325,000


Languages

English is the official language; however, some of the populace can be heard speaking Hindi, French, Spanish or Chinese.


Religions

Trinidad and Tobago is a multiethnic and religiously diverse country.
Some of the major beliefs include Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam.


History

Key dates in history

1498       Arrival of Columbus on an island known to Amerindians as `Iere” (land of the Humming Bird). Renamed Trinidad by Columbus for the three hills sighted from the sea; Tobago also sighted by Columbus; name derived from the corruption of the word `tobacco’, planted by Amerindians on the island
1592       First European settlement by Spain
1783       Spain grants permission to French-speaking Roman Catholics to settle
1797       Captured by Britain from Spain
1802       Tobago finally ceded to Britain by France
1888       Administrative union of Tobago and Trinidad
1937       Violent labour unrest leads to several deaths
1958       Joined West Indies Federation
1962       Independence achieved. Dr. Eric Williams, first Prime Minister
1970       Black power demonstrations and army mutiny
1976       Republican Status, Sir Ellis Clarke, first President
1990       Attempted coup foiled

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The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts
Levels 8, 18, 20
Nicholas Tower
63-65 Independence Square
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies