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List of sovereign states and dependent territories in the Caribbean

This a list of sovereign states and dependent territories in the Caribbean Region.

The Caribbean Region can be taken to mean all the countries in and around the Caribbean Sea that lies within an area that stretches from Grand Bahama Island in the north to Curaçao in the south, and French Guiana in the east to Belize in the west.This is an expanse (mostly of ocean) which measures about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometres) from north to south, and over 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometres) from east to west.

Ignoring the Central and South American nations that border the Caribbean Sea (whose cultural and linguistic heritage sets their history out of the scope of the region) there is a total of sixteen independent or sovereign states and nine island groupings that remain dependencies in one form or another, of the United Kingdom, France, the USA, and the Netherlands.[1]

Sovereign states

Most sovereign states in the Caribbean (and one British dependency) are members of the Caribbean Community which is an international organisation formed to promote regional integration and collaboration among member states.

  Member of the Caribbean Community only
  Member of the Caribbean Community
Name (official name) Flag Capital Currency[2] Official languages Area (km2) Population GDP per capita (PPP) (US$)
Antigua and Barbuda[3] St. John's East Caribbean dollar English 440 91,295 18,400
The Bahamas (The Commonwealth of The Bahamas)[4] Nassau Bahamian dollar English 13,878 321,834 32,000
Barbados [5] Bridgetown Barbadian dollar English 431 289,680 25,100
Belize [6] Belmopan Belizean dollar English 22,966 340,844 8,800
Costa Rica [7](Republic of Costa Rica) San José Costa Rican colón Spanish 51,100 4,755,234 12,900
Colombia [8](Republic of Colombia) Bogotá Colombian peso Spanish 1,138,910 46,245,297 11,100
Cuba[9] (Republic of Cuba) Havana Cuban peso Spanish 109,886 11,047,251 10,200
Dominica (Commonwealth of Dominica) [10] Roseau East Caribbean dollar English 754 73,449 14,300
Dominican Republic [11] Santo Domingo Dominican peso Spanish, 48,442 10,349,741 9,700
Grenada [12] East Caribbean dollar English 344 110,152 13,800
Guatemala[13] ( Republic of Guatemala) Guatemala City Guatemalan quetzal Spanish 108,890 14,647,083 5,300
Guyana [14] (Co-operative Republic of Guyana) Georgetown Guyanese dollar English, 214,970 735,554 8,500
Haiti[15](Republic of Haiti) Port-au-Prince Haitian gourde French, Creole 27,750 9,996,731 1,300
Honduras [16](Republic of Honduras) Tegucigalpa Honduran lempira Spanish 112,492 8,598,561 4,800
Jamaica [17] Kingston Jamaican dollar English 10,991 2,930,050 9,000
Nicaragua [18](Republic of Nicaragua) Managua Nicaraguan córdoba Spanish 130,373 5,848,641 4,500
Panama [19](Republic of Panama) Panama City Panamanian balboa, United States dollar Spanish 75,517 3,608,431 16,500
Saint Kitts and Nevis (Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis) [20] Basseterre
East Caribbean dollar English 261 51,538 16,300
Saint Lucia [21] Castries East Caribbean dollar English 616 163,362 13,100
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines [22] Kingstown East Caribbean dollar English 389 102,918 12,100
Suriname (Republic of Suriname) [23] Paramaribo Surinamese dollar Dutch 163,821 573,311 12,900
Trinidad and Tobago [24](Republic of Trinidad and Tobago) Port of Spain Trinidad and Tobago dollar English 5,131 1,223,916 20,300
Venezuela [25](Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela) Caracas Venezuelan bolívar Spanish 916,445 28,868,486 13,600

Dependent territories

Caribbean Community despite being a dependent nation of the United Kingdom.

Name Country Flag Capital Currency Official languages Area (km2) Population GDP per capita (PPP) (US$)
Anguilla[26] United Kingdom The Valley East Caribbean dollar English 91 16,086 12,200
Aruba[27] Netherlands Oranjestad Aruban Florin Dutch, Papiamento 178 110,663 25,300
British Virgin Islands[28] United Kingdom Road Town United States dollar English 153 32,680 42,300
Cayman Islands[29] United Kingdom George Town Cayman Islands dollar English 264 54,914 43,800
Collectivity of Saint Martin[30] France Marigot Euro French 54 31,530 19,300
Curaçao[31] Netherlands Willemstad Netherlands Antillean guilder Dutch, Papiamento 444 146,836 20,567
Montserrat[32] United Kingdom Plymouth (de jure)
Brades (de facto)
East Caribbean dollar English 102 5,215 8,500
Navassa Island[33] United States Lulu Town (de facto) United States dollar English 5 0 0
Puerto Rico[34] United States San Juan United States dollar Spanish, English 9,104 3,620,897 27,384
Saint Barthélemy[35] France Gustavia Euro French 22 7,267 37,000
Sint Maarten[36] Netherlands Philipsburg Netherlands Antillean guilder Dutch, English 34 39,689 15,400
Turks and Caicos Islands[37] United Kingdom Cockburn Town United States dollar English 616 49,070 29,100
United States Virgin Islands[38] United States Charlotte Amalie United States dollar English 346 104,170 14,500

Integral overseas territories

Name Country Flag Capital Currency Official languages Area (km2) Population GDP per capita (PPP) (US$)
Bonaire Netherlands Kralendijk United States dollar Dutch 294 16,541 N/A
French Guiana France Cayenne Euro French 83,534 236,250 N/A
Guadeloupe France Basse-Terre Euro French 1,628 405,500 N/A
Martinique France Fort-de-France Euro French 1,128 403,795 N/A
Saba Netherlands The Bottom United States dollar Dutch 13 1,971 N/A
Sint Eustatius Netherlands Oranjestad United States dollar Dutch 21 3,791 N/A

The phrase "Caribbean countries"

Depending on the speaker and the context, the phrase "Caribbean countries" has a variety of meanings:[39]


See also


  1. ^ [Amerindians to Africans, (page one) published by Macmillan Caribbean]
  2. ^ "List of currencies of the world with ISO-4217". countries-of Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Cia account on Antigua and Barbuda
  4. ^ Cia account on the Bahamas
  5. ^ Cia account on Barbados
  6. ^ Cia account on Belize
  7. ^ CIA account of Costa Rica
  8. ^ CIA account on Colombia
  9. ^ Cia account on Cuba
  10. ^ Cia account on Dominica
  11. ^ Cia account of the Dominican Republic
  12. ^ "Central America and Caribbean: Grenada". The World Factbook. CIA. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  13. ^ CIA account on Guatemala
  14. ^ Cia account on Guyana
  15. ^
  16. ^ CIA account on Honduras
  17. ^ CIA account on Jamaica
  18. ^ Nicaragua
  19. ^ CIA accoint on Panama
  20. ^ Cia account on Saint Kitts and Nevis
  21. ^ Cia account on Saint Lucia
  22. ^ Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  23. ^ CIA account on Suriname
  24. ^ CIA account of Trinidad and Tobago
  25. ^ CIA account on Venezuela
  26. ^ (Central Intelligence Agency)
  27. ^ (Central Intelligence Agency)
  28. ^ (Central Intelligence Agency)
  29. ^ (Central Intelligence Agency)
  30. ^ (Central Intelligence Agency)
  31. ^ (Central Intelligence Agency)
  32. ^ (Central Intelligence Agency)
  33. ^ (Central Intelligence Agency)
  34. ^ (Central Intelligence Agency)
  35. ^ (Central Intelligence Agency)
  36. ^ (Central Intelligence Agency)
  37. ^ (Central Intelligence Agency)
  38. ^ (Central Intelligence Agency)
  39. ^ (the meaning of the word "Caribbean")
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