Bahamas Islands (capital Nassau) and neighboring Florida and Cuba
World Factbook: "The Bahamas is one of the wealthiest Caribbean countries with an economy heavily dependent on tourism and offshore banking."
Work force in agriculture
Infant mortality (deaths before the age of one year per 1,000 live births)
2011: 13.49 deaths
2009: 14.84 (ranks 128th)
Average life expectancy at birth
2009: 69.92 years
2008: 65.72 years
2005: 65.54 in 2005
July 2011: 313,312
2011: 16.1 births per 1,000 population per year
Living in an urban area
Density estimated for 2005: 30 per square kilometer.
Net migration rate
2011: net migration per 1,000 population is zero.
Blacks 85 percent, Asian and Hispanic 3 percent. Others 12 percent.
2000 census: Baptist 35.4%, Anglican 15.1%, Roman Catholic 13.5%, Pentecostal 8.1%, Church of God 4.8%, Methodist 4.2%, other Christian 15.2%, none or unspecified 2.9%, other 0.8%
Islands southeast of Florida, northeast of Cuba.
chief of state: Queen Elizabeth ii, represented by a Governor General,
Bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (16 seats; members appointed by the governor general upon the advice of the prime minister and the opposition leader to serve five-year terms) and the House of Assembly (41 seats; members elected by direct popular vote to serve five-year terms).
Independence from Britain on July 10, 1973. Became a member of the Commonwealth, its full title Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
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