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Careers, Jobs and Education Resources for: Trinidad and Tobago

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First colonized by the Spanish, the islands came under British control in the early 19th century. The islands' sugar industry was hurt by the emancipation of the slaves in 1834. Manpower was replaced with the importation of contract laborers from India between 1845 and 1917, which boosted sugar production as well as the cocoa industry. The discovery of oil on Trinidad in 1910 added another important export. Independence was attained in 1962. The country is one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean thanks largely to petroleum and natural gas production and processing. Tourism, mostly in Tobago, is targeted for expansion and is growing. The government is coping with a rise in violent crime. (from the CIA)


Economic Overview

Trinidad and tobago has earned a reputation as an excellent investment site for international businesses and has one of the highest growth rates and per capita incomes in latin america. recent growth has been fueled by investments in liquefied natural gas (lng), petrochemicals, and steel. additional petrochemical, aluminum, and plastics projects are in various stages of planning. trinidad and tobago is the leading caribbean producer of oil and gas, and its economy is heavily dependent upon these resources but it also supplies manufactured goods, notably food and beverages, as well as cement to the caribbean region. oil and gas account for about 40% of gdp and 80% of exports, but only 5% of employment. the country is also a regional financial center, and tourism is a growing sector, although it is not proportionately as important as in many other caribbean islands. the economy benefits from a growing trade surplus. economic growth reached 12.6% in 2006 and 5.5% in 2007 as prices for oil, petrochemicals, and lng remained high, and as foreign direct investment continued to grow to support expanded capacity in the energy sector.

Environmental Issues

Water pollution from agricultural chemicals, industrial wastes, and raw sewage; oil pollution of beaches; deforestation; soil erosion

Government Type

Parliamentary democracy


1,047,366 (july 2008 est.)


Caribbean, islands between the caribbean sea and the north atlantic ocean, northeast of venezuela


Total: 5,128 sq km land: 5,128 sq km water: 0 sq km

Slightly smaller than delaware

Country Aliases

Conventional long form: republic of trinidad and tobago conventional short form: trinidad and tobago


Name: port-of-spain geographic coordinates: 10 39 n, 61 31 w time difference: utc-4 (1 hour ahead of washington, dc during standard time)

Military Service

18 years of age for voluntary military service (16 years of age with parental consent); no conscription (2008)

International Disputes

In april 2006, the permanent court of arbitration issued a decision that delimited a maritime boundary with trinidad and tobago and compelled barbados to enter a fishing agreement that limited barbadian fishermen's catches of flying fish in trinidad and tobago's exclusive economic zone; in 2005, barbados and trinidad and tobago agreed to compulsory international arbitration under unclos challenging whether the northern limit of trinidad and tobago's and venezuela's maritime boundary extends into barbadian waters; guyana has also expressed its intention to include itself in the arbitration as the trinidad and tobago-venezuela maritime boundary may extend into its waters as well

Sources: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

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