Where: The Turks and Caicos consist of 40 islands and cays lying north of Haiti and east of Cuba. Only eight islands are inhabited.
Population: About 30,000 people.
Area: A total of 958 square kilometres.
Status: The islands are a British Overseas Territory, in essence a colony with a governor appointed by London overseeing an elected legislature.
Economy: Tourism, offshore financial services promoted by a "zero tax" regime and fishing.