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A selection of quick facts about the Turks and Caicos islands

Rufus Ewing, Premier of the Turks and Caicos, holds a media availability in the Foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, May 26, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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Rufus Ewing, Premier of the Turks and Caicos, holds a media availability in the Foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, May 26, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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.

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