British Virgin Islands (capital Road Town) next to the U.S. Virgin Islands and 1,150 miles southeast of Miami Florida
World Factbook: "The economy, one of the most stable and prosperous in the Caribbean, is highly dependent on tourism generating an estimated 45% of the national income. More than 934,000 tourists, mainly from the US, visited the islands in 2008."
Per capita GDP
200: revenues 113% of expenditures.
Uses the U.S. dollar as currency.
Many hotels, small resorts, villas and inns. No mega-resorts.
Exports rum, fresh fish, fruits, animals; gravel and sand.
Infant mortality (deaths before the age of one year per 1,000 live births)
2011: 13.63 deaths
Average life expectancy at birth
2011: 77.63 years
Living in an urban area
2011: 14.5 per 1,000 population
Density estimated for 2005: 48 persons per square kilometer.
Net migration rate
2011: More arriving than leaving. A net gain of 7.41 per 1,000 population.
2008: black 82%, white 6.8%, other 11.2%
Islands between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico. Dozens of secluded islands, islets and cays. Land area: 151 square kilometers.
Chief of state: Elizabeth II (queen, House of Windsor) since 6 February 1952. Head of government: Orlando Smith (premier) since 9 November 2011, National Democratic Party.
Legislature is unicameral: the House of Assembly with 13 elected seats and 1 non-voting ex officio member in the attorney general. Members are elected by direct popular vote to four-year terms.
Capital: Road Town
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