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Location : South Caribbean Sea, North of Venezuela
Size : 5,128 sq. km.
Climate : 21-35 degrees Celsius during the day; Jul.-Nov. rainy season
Capital : Port of Spain, Trinidad
Airports : Piarco International Airport, Trinidad and Crowne Point International Airport, Tobago
Major Sea Ports : Port of Spain, Point Lisas, Scarborough
Government : Parliamentary democracy. Executive Power – President, Prime Minister and Cabinet. Legislative Power – Bicameral parliament. Judiciary – Supreme Court & district courts.

President – His Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, SC
Prime Minister – Her Excellency Kamla Persad-Bissessar
Independence : 31 August 1962
Population : 1.3 million
Ethnicity : East Indian (40.1%), African (40%), Mixed (15%), Other (5%)
Religion : Christian (45%), Hindu (24%), Muslim (6%), Other (25%)
Language : English – Official Language, Spanish – Official Second Language
Literacy rate : 97.9%
Education : Primary and Secondary education is free at Government run institutions. Tertiary education is currently free at certain institutions.
Health   Health services are free at Government run institutions.
GDP   USD 23.9 billion
GDP growth   5.5% (2007), 3.5% (2008 est.)
GDP composition   Industry 60%, Services 40%
Inflation   10.3% (May 2009; headline inflation)
Unemployment   5% (March 2009)
Major sectors   energy, downstream energy, non-energy sectors (tourism, services,
fish & fish processing, printing & packaging, food & beverage, leisure & merchant marine, entertainment)
Exports   USD 10.64 bn (2009 est.)
Exports   petroleum and petroleum products, liquefied natural gas, methanol, ammonia, urea, steel products, beverages, cereal and cereal products, sugar, cocoa, coffee, citrus fruit, vegetables, flowers
Exp. Partners   US 44.8%, Spain 7.8%, Jamaica 7%, Netherlands 7%, Mexico 4.9% (2008)
Imports   USD 7.449 (2009 est.)
Imports   mineral fuels, lubricants, machinery, transportation equipment, manufactured goods, food, chemicals, live animals
Imp. Partners   USA 26.1%, Brazil 8.6%, Venezuela 7.7%, Colombia 6.1%, Russia 5.3%, China 4% (2008)
Currency   Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (TTD); TTD $1 = USD $6 approx.
Voltage   110v
Driving   left side of the road
Telecommunications   Telephone Service of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) – land line, Cellular, DSL; Digicel – cellular services; Greendot – dsl services
Media   There are three daily newspapers and nationals and international news channels on cable tv.
Transportation   Public transport is reliable and safe. There are bus and ferry services in Trinidad and an inter-island ferry service between Trinidad and Tobago. Private taxis and mini-buses (Maxis) also service regular routes on both islands.

This building was designed and constructed in 1904 by Taylor Gillies, at a cost of $ 100,000 for William Gordon.Gordon resided at Knowsley for many years. It occupies the entire block from Queen's Park West to Albion Street, between Chancery Lane and Dundonald Street.The building also has a dovecote at the back. The Trinidad Government bought Knowsley for $250, 000 in 1956.



Whitehall was built by James Moore, a builder from Barbados. Americans used it as Head Quater until 1944, now its the office of the Prime Minister.Whitehall was built on an elaborate scale-three storeys high , a garden on the roof, six bedrooms, four reception halls, a centre room, dinning room, library, large front and other galleries, porches, sweeping marble steps, patio , and a host of minor rooms like kitchen , pantry, etc.