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British Virgin Islands Terrain : coral islands relatively flat; volcanic islands steep, hilly. Resources : NEGL. Natural Hazards : hurricanes and tropical storms (July to October). Population : 23,552 (July 2007 est.).

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Quick Facts About British Virgin Islands

Source: CIA World Factbook

Population: 24,939 (July 2010 est.)

Age Structure: 0-14 years: 19.7% (male 2,489/female 2,422)
15-64 years: 74.3% (male 9,494/female 9,031)
65 years and over: 6% (male 777/female 726) (2010 est.)

Religions: Protestant 86% (Methodist 33%, Anglican 17%, Church of God 9%, Seventh-Day Adventist 6%, Baptist 4%, Jehovah”s Witnesses 2%, other 15%), Roman Catholic 10%, other 2%, none 2% (1991)

Languages: English (official)

Internet Users: 4,000 (2002)

Country Name
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: British Virgin Islands
abbreviation: BVI

Government Type: NA

Capital name: Road Town
geographic coordinates: 18 27 N, 64 37 W
time difference: UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Dependency Status: overseas territory of the UK; internal self-governing

Background

First inhabited by Arawak and later by Carib Indians, the Virgin Islands were settled by the Dutch in 1648 and then annexed by the English in 1672. The islands were part of the British colony of the Leeward Islands from 1872-1960; they were granted autonomy in 1967. The economy is closely tied to the larger and more populous US Virgin Islands to the west; the US dollar is the legal currency.

Area – Comparative: about 0.9 times the size of Washington, DC
Area total: 151 sq km
land: 151 sq km
water: 0 sq km
note: comprised of 16 inhabited and more than 20 uninhabited islands; includes the islands of Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Jost van Dyke

Terrain: coral islands relatively flat; volcanic islands steep, hilly
Climate: subtropical; humid; temperatures moderated by trade winds
Natural Hazards: hurricanes and tropical storms (July to October)