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British Virgin Islands definitions

CIA World Factbook, 2008

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.

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

Area - comparative
territorial sea: 3 nm exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm

lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m highest point: Mount Sage 521 m

Natural resources
arable land: 20% permanent crops: 6.67% other: 73.33% (2005)

Irrigated land
0-14 years: 20.2% (male 2,410/female 2,337) 15-64 years: 74.5% (male 9,004/female 8,534) 65 years and over: 5.4% (male 665/female 602) (2007 est.)

Median age
total: 31.7 years male: 31.9 years female: 31.5 years (2007 est.)

Population growth rate
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female under 15 years: 1.031 male(s)/female 15-64 years: 1.055 male(s)/female 65 years and over: 1.105 male(s)/female total population: 1.053 male(s)/female (2007 est.)

Infant mortality rate
total: 16.13 deaths/1,000 live births male: 18.82 deaths/1,000 live births female: 13.29 deaths/1,000 live births (2007 est.)

Life expectancy at birth
total population: 76.86 years male: 75.71 years female: 78.07 years (2007 est.)

Total fertility rate
noun: British Virgin Islander(s) adjective: British Virgin Islander

Ethnic groups
definition: age 15 and over can read and write total population: 97.8% (1991 est.) male: NA% female: NA%

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

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

Administrative divisions
chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor David PEAREY (since 18 April 2006) head of government: Premier Ralph T. O'NEAL (since 23 August 2007) cabinet: Executive Council appointed by the governor from members of the House of Assembly elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; governor appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or the leader of the majority coalition is usually appointed premier by the governor

Legislative branch
elections: last held 20 August 2007 (next to be held in 2011) election results: percent of vote by party - VIP 45.2%, NDP 39.6%, independent 15.2%; seats by party - VIP 10, NDP 2, independent 1

Judicial branch
agriculture: 1.8% industry: 6.2% services: 92% (1996 est.)

Labor force
agriculture: 0.6% industry: 40% services: 59.4% (2005)

Unemployment rate
lowest 10%: NA% highest 10%: NA%

Inflation rate (consumer prices)
revenues: $204.7 million expenditures: $180.4 million (2004)

Agriculture - products
general assessment: worldwide telephone service domestic: NA international: country code - 1-284; connected via submarine cable to Bermuda; the East Caribbean Fiber System (ECFS) optic submarine cable provides connectivity to 13 other islands in the eastern Caribbean (2007)

Radio broadcast stations
total: 2 914 to 1,523 m: 1 under 914 m: 1 (2007)

Airports - with unpaved runways
total: 1 914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2007)

total: 177 km paved: 177 km (2002)

Ports and terminals
males age 18-49: 6,410 (2005 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
males age 18-49: 5,295 (2005 est.)

Manpower reaching military service age annually
males age 18-49: 201 (2005 est.)

Military - note
defense is the responsibility of the UK

Disputes - international

Illicit drugs
transshipment point for South American narcotics destined for the US and Europe; large offshore financial center makes it vulnerable to money laundering

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: more than 40 northeastern Virgin Islands (15 inhabited); a dependent territory of the United Kingdom

Merriam Webster's

geographical name the E islands of the Virgin Islands group; a British possession capital Road Town (on Tortola Island) area 59 square miles (153 square kilometers), population 14,786

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