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Where is Trinidad and Tobago ?
Trinidad and Tobago are the main islands that constitute the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. It is neighbored by Barbados to the northeast, Venezuela to the south, and west and Guyana to the southeast. It covers an area of 1,981 square miles.

What is the capital of Trinidad and Tobago?
Located on the Gulf of Paria, Port of Spain has been the capital of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago since 1757. It is the most developed city of the republic, and serves primarily as a retail and administrative center. It is also the largest container port on the island, being one of the many shipping hubs of the Caribbean. The estimated population of the capital is 49,031.

What is the currency of Trinidad and Tobago?
The currency of Trinidad and Tobago is Trinidad and Tobago dollar and its ISO 3166 code is TT. The official value is pegged at 6.25050 TT = 1 USD. Coins are available in the denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50, while bank notes in circulation are of 1, 5, 10, 20, and 100.

What is the official language of Trinidad and Tobago?
English is the official language of Trinidad and Tobago, while Spanish, Hindi, Creole, French, Chinese and Arabic are the recognized regional languages. The main spoken language is either of the two English-based Creole languages: the Trinidadian Creole or the Tobagonian Creole.

What is the religion of Trinidad and Tobago?
Trinidad and Tobago is a multi-religious nation, with Roman Catholics and Hindus being the largest religious groups. The Anglicans, Muslims, Presbyterians and Methodist are among the smaller faiths.

What is the literacy rate of Trinidad and Tobago? The literacy rate of the country is 98.7%. Primary and secondary education is free for all. Tertiary education is also free up to the level of Bachelors degree at the University of West Indies, University of Trinidad and Tobago, University of the Southern Caribbean, The college of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago and a few other local institutions. Financial assistance is also provided by the government in some Masters courses.

Who is the political leader of Trinidad and Tobago?
The head of state of Trinidad and Tobago is the president. The republic has a two-party system. The head of the government is the prime minister. Trinidad is divided into 14 regional corporations and municipalities consisting of 9 regions and 5 municipalities. The island of Tobago is governed by the Tobago House of Assembly. George Maxwell Richards is the president of the country, while Kamla Persad-Bissessar is the prime minister.

When is the national day of Trinidad and Tobago celebrated?
The National Day of Trinidad and Tobago is celebrated on August 31. In 1962 on the same day, the country gained independence from Britain.

What is the national symbol of Trinidad and Tobago?
The Coat of Arms of Trinidad and Tobago is the symbol that was designed to represent the people of the country. It was designed in 1962 by a group of artists. The national motto of the country is Together We Aspire, Together We Achieve.

What is the economy of Trinidad and Tobago like?
According to the World Bank, Trinidad and Tobago ranks 69th among the high-income economies of the world. Tourism and manufacturing are important sectors of the economy, which is strongly influenced by the petroleum industry. Oil and gas accounts for 40% of the GDP, 80% of export and 5% of employment. The estimated GDP of the country is 21.195 billion dollars. Main industries are petroleum, chemicals, tourism, food processing, cement, beverage and cotton textiles. Main export partners are USA, Spain, Jamaica, Netherlands and Mexico, while main import partners are USA, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Russia and China.

What are the main sports played in Trinidad and Tobago?
Apart from Cricket, Trinidad and Tobago qualified for 2006 FIFA world cup for the first time. Hasley Crawford won the first Olympic gold medal for the country in 100m dash in the 1976 Summer Olympics.

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