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Jamaica
Capital:
Kingston
Population:
2,713,130 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
Jamaica gained full independence within the British Commonwealth in 1962. Deteriorating economic conditions during the 1970s led to recurrent violence and a drop off in tourism. Elections in 1980 saw the democratic socialists voted out of office. Political violence marred elections during the 1990s.
Government type:
constitutional parliamentary democracy
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $10.61 billion (2003 est.)
Internet users:
600,000 (2002)
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