🇹🇹 Port of Spain, officially the City of Port of Spain, is the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago. It is located on the Gulf of Paria, on the north-west coast of the island of Trinidad and is part of a larger conurbation stretching from Chaguaramas in the west to Arima in the east.
The city serves primarily as a retail and administrative centre and it has been the capital of the island since 1757. It is also an important financial services centre for the Caribbean and is home to two of the largest banks in the region.
The city is also home to the largest container port on the island and is one of several shipping hubs of the Caribbean, exporting both agricultural products and manufactured goods. Bauxite from Guyana is trans-shipped via facilities at Chaguaramas, about 8 km (5 mi) west of the city. The pre-lenten Carnival is the city's main annual cultural festival and tourist attraction.
Today, Port of Spain is a leading city in the Caribbean region. Port of Spain is also home to the biggest and most successful stock exchange in the Caribbean, the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange (TTSE). The Nicholas Tower, as well as other skyscrapers, are well known throughout the region. These buildings dominate the city's skyline. Some of the tallest skyscrapers in the Caribbean are located in Port of Spain.
Port of Spain is rated High Sufficiency by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. High Sufficiency level cities are cities that have a sufficient degree of services so as not to be overly dependent on world cities.
Port of Spain is the #100 city in the world according to the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) which evaluates and ranks the competitiveness of the major financial centres of the world according to a wide range of criteria – Human Capital, Business, Finance, Infrastructure and Reputation.
Port of Spain has a population of over 37,070 people. Port of Spain also forms the centre of the wider Port of Spain metropolitan area which has a population of over 544,000 people.
Twin Towns – Sister Cities Port of Spain is twinned with: 🇺🇸 Atlanta, United States; 🇬🇾 Georgetown, Guyana; 🇳🇬 Lagos, Nigeria; 🇬🇵 Morne-à-l'Eau, Guadeloupe; 🇺🇸 Richmond, United States; 🇨🇦 St. Catharines, Canada.