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Caribbean Islands Index

Official Name: British Virgin Islands

Term for Citizens: British Virgin Islander(s)

Capital: Road Town

Political Status: British crown colony

Form of Government: governor and locally elected assembly

GEOGRAPHY

Size: sq. km.

Topography: or mountainous terrain on three of four island groups, other is a flat coral island

Climate: Tropical, moderately wet

POPULATION

Total estimated in 1986: 12,000

Annual growth rate (in percentage) in 1982-85: 1.6

Life expectancy at birth in 1982: 70.2

Adult literacy rate (in percentage) in 1984: 98.3

Language: English

Ethnic groups: Primarily black

Religion: Methodist (42 percent), Anglican (25 perecent); Remainder other Christian denominations

ECONOMY

Currency: United States dollar (US$)

Gross domestic product (GDP) in 1985: US$84.5 million

Per capita GDP in 1985: US$7,260

Distribution of GDP (in percentage) in 1985:

     Tourism                           Approximately 50
     Government and other services     Approximately 50

NATIONAL SECURITY

Armed forces personnel: 0

Paramilitary personnel: 0

Police: 100

Data as of November 1987

COUNTRY PROFILE: BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Official Name: British Virgin Islands

Term for Citizens: British Virgin Islander(s)

Capital: Road Town

Political Status: British crown colony

Form of Government: governor and locally elected assembly

GEOGRAPHY

Size: sq. km.

Topography: or mountainous terrain on three of four island groups, other is a flat coral island

Climate: Tropical, moderately wet

POPULATION

Total estimated in 1986: 12,000

Annual growth rate (in percentage) in 1982-85: 1.6

Life expectancy at birth in 1982: 70.2

Adult literacy rate (in percentage) in 1984: 98.3

Language: English

Ethnic groups: Primarily black

Religion: Methodist (42 percent), Anglican (25 perecent); Remainder other Christian denominations

ECONOMY

Currency: United States dollar (US$)

Gross domestic product (GDP) in 1985: US$84.5 million

Per capita GDP in 1985: US$7,260

Distribution of GDP (in percentage) in 1985:

     Tourism                           Approximately 50
     Government and other services     Approximately 50

NATIONAL SECURITY

Armed forces personnel: 0

Paramilitary personnel: 0

Police: 100

Data as of November 1987



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