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Country name conventional long form: none
conventional short form: British Virgin Islands
abbreviation: BVI
Gevernment typeNA
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)
Flag descriptionblue, with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Virgin Islander coat of arms centered in the outer half of the flag; the coat of arms depicts a woman flanked on either side by a vertical column of six oil lamps above a scroll bearing the Latin word VIGILATE (Be Watchful)
CurrencyUS dollar (USD)
Internet country
Ports and terminalsRoad Town
Agriculture productsfruits, vegetables; livestock, poultry; fish
Industriestourism, light industry, construction, rum, concrete block, offshore financial center
LocationCaribbean, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico
Coordinates18 30 N, 64 30 W
ContinentCentral America and the Caribbean
Area total: 153 sq km
land: 153 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
Boundaries0 km
Coastline80 km
Climatesubtropical; humid; temperatures moderated by trade winds
Terraincoral islands relatively flat; volcanic islands steep, hilly
Natural resourcesNEGL
Natural hazardshurricanes and tropical storms (July to October)
Population23,098 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsblack 83%, white, Indian, Asian and mixed
ReligionsProtestant 86% (Methodist 33%, Anglican 17%, Church of God 9%, Seventh-Day Adventist 6%, Baptist 4%, Jehovah's Witnesses 2%, other 15%), Roman Catholic 10%, none 2%, other 2% (1991)
LanguagesEnglish (official)

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