2. The official name of the MBJ airport in Montego Bay is Sangster International Airport, NOT Donald Sangster Airport, the former Prime Minister for whom the facility was named. The airport processes an average of 300,000 passengers every month.
3. Neither ackee nor saltfish, the two components of Jamaica’s national dish, are native to the island.
4. Jamaica’s Arthur Wint won the country’s first Olympic medal in 1948, the first time the country took part in the games. His record of winning gold in the 400 and silver in the 800 stood until 1976.
5. Usain Bolt failed to advance from the preliminary rounds at his first Olympic Games appearance in 2004.
6. Marijuana (ganja, weed, chronic, sensimelia) is NOT legal in Jamaica. Though a law is about to be passed to allow the possession of small amounts for personal use, it will still be illegal to smoke it in public.
7. The drinking age in Jamaica is 18.
8. Roughly 3 million Jamaicans live permanently outside the country, the same as the population who live at home.
9. General elections are held in Jamaica every five years. The country uses the British Parliamentary system and elects all 63 members of parliament at once. The leader of the political party with the most seats in parliament is then sworn in as Prime Minister.