Trinidad and Tobago 2006

Trinidad and Tobago 2006

Yearbook 2006

Trinidad and Tobago. In March, Trinidad and Tobago decided to take the help of 39 police officers from British Scotland Yard to cope with the rising crime rate in the country. The British police officers would cooperate with a special force within the country’s own police force for two to three years.

According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago include Independence Day (August 31) and New Year (January 1). Basdeo Panday, leader of the UNC Social Democratic Opposition Party and Prime Minister 1995–2001, was sentenced in April to two years in prison and fined for not reporting the assets in a bank account he had in London in 1997-99. Politicians in Trinidad and Tobago are legally required to account for their private assets. Panday appealed against the verdict and later that month he was released on bail. As new leader of the opposition in Parliament, UNC member Kamla Persad-Bissessar was appointed, but Panday was allowed to retain the post of UNC party leader.

Former President Noor Hassanali passed away on August 18 at the age of 88. The popular Muslim Hassanali was the country’s first president of Indian descent and held the presidency in 1987-97. As president, he supported the entire political spectrum.

Trinidad and Tobago Map with Surrounding Countries

Trinidad and Tobago Overview

Trinidad and Tobago consists of two larger and more than 20 small islands. Trinidad is the largest of the islands with a population of about 300,000 and the 2nd largest carnival in the world! The capital, Port of Spain, is also located on the island of Trinidad. The second largest island, Tobago, has a population of about 50,000. Tobago has many small fishing villages and fine sandy beaches. The islands are located in the Caribbean, so the climate is pleasant all year round.

Area: 5 128 km²

Population: 1,208,789 (estimate 7/2020)

Capital: Port of Spain

Population: The two largest ethnic groups are African-indigenous and Indian descendants.

Language: English (official language)

Religion: Religiously, the largest communities are Catholics, Protestants, Hindus, Rastafarians, and Muslims.

Main products: Natural gas

Form of government: Republic