The tropical climate is
tempered by northeast trade winds. The dry season is from November to
May, but it is hottest between June and October. The climate in Tobago
is pleasant most of the year and although May, June and July can be wet
at times, the differentiation between the wet and dry seasons is much
English is the country's official language, but the main spoken language
is either of two English-based creole languages which reflects the
Spanish, Indian, African and European heritage of the nation. Both
creoles contain elements from a number and variety of African languages;
Trinidadian Creole, however, is also influenced by French.
The dollar (currency code TTD) is the currency of Trinidad and Tobago.
It is normally abbreviated with the dollar sign $, or alternatively TT$
to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. It is
subdivided into 100 cents. Its predecessor currencies are the
Trinidadian dollar and the Tobagan dollar.
population of Trinidad and Tobago in 2003 was estimated by the United
Nations at 1, 303, 000, which placed it as number 148 in population
among the 193 nations of the world. In that year approximately 7% of the
population was over 65 years of age, with another 26% of the population
under 15 years of age.
Port of Spain, also written as Port-of-Spain, is the capital of the
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the country's third-largest
municipality, after San Fernando and Chaguanas.