05/26/2014 02:44 EDT | Updated 07/26/2014 05:59 EDT

A selection of quick facts about the Turks and Caicos islands

OTTAWA - Turks and Caicos Premier Rufus Ewing was in Ottawa for a meeting Monday with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Some facts about the islands:

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.