T & T Facts

Trinidad & Tobago are the southernmost islands of the West Indies (Caribbean Islands). They are found just northeast of Venezuela, South America. They were discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1498. The two islands received their independence from Great Britain in 1962.

It is a republic with a Parliamentary Government. Its main revenue is from petroleum, natural gas, and asphalt. Trinidad has the world’s largest natural reservoir of asphalt. It’s education system is modeled after Britain. Public and private health care are available.

Official Name: Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

  • Capital City Port-of-Spain
  • Population 1,220,479 (July 2016 est.)
  • Official Language English
  • Currency Trinidad and Tobago dollar (TT$) (TTD$ 1=100 Cents)
  • Notes $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100
  • Coins 1 cent, 5, 10, 25, 50
  • Exchange Rate A floating rate system is in force. Currently $1US=$6.709 (2016 est.) TT; $1 CDN = $5.34TT
  • Taxes Departure Tax: $100TT (must be paid in local currency)
  • Hotel Taxes 10% service charge, 10% Hotel Room Tax
  • Value Added Tax
  • 15% on goods and services
  • 32.1% of GDP (2016 est.)

Electricity

  • 115 volts/230 volts (+/- 6%); 60hz

Time Zone

  • Summer: EST (Eastern Standard Time); Winter: EST+1,  Daylight savings time is not observed in Trinidad and Tobago.

Telephone/Fax Code

  • 1 (868) + seven (7) digit local number

Ethnic Profile

  • East Indian 35.4%,
  • African 34.2%,
  • Mixed – Other 15.3%,
  • Mixed African/East Indian 7.7%,
  • Other 1.3%,
  • Unspecified 6.2% (2011 est.)

Religions

  • Roman Catholic 21.6%,
  • Hindu 18.2%,
  • Pentecostal/Evangelical/Full Gospel 12%,
  • Baptist 6.9%
  • Anglican 5.7%
  • Muslim 5%
  • Seventh Day Adventist 4.1%
  • Presbyterian/Congretational 2.5%, other Protestant 0.9%
  • Jehovah’s Witness 1.5%
  • Other 8.4%
  • Unspecified 11.1%
  • None 2.2% (2011 est.)

(2011 census from CIA World Fact Book)