Island in the Caribbean Sea, ruled since 1962 by the Monarchy of Jamaica


Jamaica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Jamaica (officially the Commonwealth of Jamaica) is an island nation of the Greater Antilles, 234 kilometres in length, up to 80 kilometres in width and 10,990 square kilometres in area. It is situated in the Caribbean Sea, about 145 kilometres south of Cuba, and 191 kilometres west of Hispaniola, the island harbouring the nation-states of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Its indigenous Arawakan-speaking TaĆ­no inhabitants named the island Xaymaca, meaning the 'Land of Wood and Water', or the 'Land of Springs'. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index, The Human Freedom Index 2016: A Global Measurement of Personal, Civil, and Economic Freedom
2014: 7.20, Rank: 60, Personal Freedom: 7.20, Economic Freedom: 7.21, Democracy Index: 6.96
Jamaica | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016: Anxious Dictators, Wavering Democracies: Global Freedom under Pressure
2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 75, Political Rights: 2, Civil Liberties: 3
"In 2015, Jamaica continued to grapple with persistent gang violence and abusive police practices, both of which are major deterrents to domestic commercial activity and foreign investment. However, a gradual strengthening of the legislative environment has led to improvements in recent years, as the government took steps to implement the Corruption Prevention Act, and the independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) intensified its efforts to hold police accountable for wrongdoing."
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World: 2016 Annual Report
2014: 7.21, Rank: 67