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Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea. It is the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles. The island, 10,990 square kilometers in area, lies about 145 kilometers south of Cuba, and 191 kilometers west of Hispaniola (the island containing the nation-states of Haiti and the Dominican Republic). Jamaica is the fourth-largest island country in the Caribbean by area.

Jamaica has lush topography of mountains, rainforests and reef-lined beaches. It is famed as the birthplace of reggae music, and its capital Kingston is home to the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to the famous singer. Other than music, Jamaica is known for athletics with the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, originating from there.

The people of Jamaica are predominantly black with African origin; particularly West Africa and they majorly speak two languages. The official language is Jamaican Standard English (JSE) or Standard Jamaican English (SJE), which is "used in all domains of public life", including the government, the legal system, the media, and education. However, the primary spoken language is an English-based creole called Jamaican Patois (or Patwa).

Fun fact : Jamaica became the first tropical country to enter a Winter Olympic event.