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general data of the country


 
General useful information
 
Note: some data are of constant value, while other are due to changes, fluctuations etc.
 
Nation and population
 
official name (short form): The Bahamas
country code ISO: BS [BHS] //; - FIPS: BF
location: Eastern North America, in the Atlantic Ocean, North of the West Indies and Caribbean region
time zone: -5 UT [*= applying daylight saving time]
surface (land) area: 13939 sq.km = 5382 sq.mi //; - area incl. inland waters: sq.km = sq.mi
geographical position in extreme co-ordinates: North: 27° N / South: 20° N / East: 72° W / West: 79° W
borders (land): none
borders (coastline): none
climate: subtropical marine, Caribbean
Government
independent since: 1973-07-10
type of government: constitutional monarchy of the United Kingdom
capital: Nassau
administrative division: 2: New Providence + Family (Out) Islands ; district (18)
Population
population according to the last three censuses: (1980): 209,500 ; (1990): 255,095 ; (2000): 303,611
total population according to the estimate of midyear 2000: 294,982; //; or: 303,000 ; 2001: 310,000 //; or: 2002: 314,000
population density: 23 per sq.km = 60 per sq.mi
population growth: 2% //; - doubling time: 52 years
birth rate: 19-21 per 1000
death rate: 5-7 per 1000
fertility rate: 2 children per female
maternal mortality: per 100,000
infant mortality (in the first year of life): 16 per 1000
infant mortality (from 1st - 4th year of life): 13 - 21 per 1000
life expectancy: 70,5 years (male: 67-69; female: 74-77)
age breakdown: 0-14 years: 29% //; - 15-59 years: 64% //; - 60+ years: 7%
urbanisation: 88% //; - urbanisation growth: 2,3%
percentage of urban population in the greatest city: 85%
Ethnic composition, language, religion
ethnic groups: black 72-73%, mixed 14%, white 12-13%
language: English, English Creole
religious affiliation: Christian 95% (Protestant: 13%, Roman Catholic 5%, Anglican 3%, other 74%)
Health
daily food intake: 2546 calories per capita
population with access to safe water: 97%
people per physician: 700 - 943
people per hospital bed:
Education, literacy
school enrolment: primary education 6-11 years: 96%
school enrolment: secondary education: 58% [later figure found: 79%]
school enrolment: tertiary education 20-24 years: 14%
adult literacy: 96% (male: 95%; female: 96%)
 
Economy and infrastructure
 
Economy and trade
currency: Bahamian dollar = 100 cents
annual inflation rate: 2,2 - 2,7%
population below poverty line: %
Gross Domestic Product: USD 3200 per capita
GNI USD 14960 per capita //; - [ppp: 16400]
GDP growth: 0,1%
income: USD 11700 per capita
import: USD 1593 per capita //; - export: USD 2920 per capita
trade: USD 21531 per capita //; - or 55% of GDP
trade partners: US EU SA CA NI CH KR PE JP NO
human development index: 0,82 //; - position of the country in the world no.: 42
female labour force: 47%
unemployment: 8 - 9%
tourism: 1,4 - 3,3 million
Economic activities in agriculture, fisheries, industry, mining, services, energy
land use: arable land: 1% //; - grass land: 0% //; - wooded area: 32% //; - arid land and desert: %
agriculture: labour force: 4-5% //; - part of agriculture in GDP: 2-3%
agricultural products: fishing, poultry, fruit, citrusfruits, rum, vegetables
livestock (1000s): cattle: 0,7-2 / goats: 13,9-14,8 / pigs: 4,9-13 / poultry: 1600-5000 / sheep: 5,7-37
fish catch: 10502 metric tonnes
industry: labour force: 10-17% //; - part of industry in GDP: 9-14%
industrial products: pharmaceutical and chemical products, cement
mining products: salt, aragonite
CO2 emission per capita: 6,1
services: labour force: 79-91% //; - part of services in GDP: 83%
energy use (kg per capita): 6864
electricity use (per capita):
annual water use (per capita):
Traffic, communication
road network: 2450 km //; - of which paved: 57% [1546] //; - of which are motorways: 0 km
vehicles: 65000 ; or 297 per 1000 // international license plate: BS
railways: 0 km //; - railways passenger/km: -
navigable inland waterways: 0 km
ownership telephone: 277 - 400 per 1000 // international dialling code: +1242
ownership radio receivers: 282 - 739 per 1000
ownership tv-sets: 233 per 1000
newspaper circulation: 126 per 1000
persons per post office: 2040
personal computers: per 1000
 
Some physical landmarks
 
mountains: Mount Alvernia 63 m on Cat Island is the highest mentioned elevation
lowest point: sea level
lakes (natural): Lake Rosa on Great Iguana; and a lot of small lakes on Andros Island
lakes (artificial reservoirs): unknown
lakes (deepest): unknown
rivers: no rivers of importance shown on maps at the disposal of the compiler
canals: unknown
waterfalls: unknown
caves: longest system: unknown / deepest:
islands: see the separate file of the administrative division
deserts: none
other natural features:
 
Additional remarks, especially on the statistical information
 
other important features:
apart from physical landmarks most of the above figures are changeable, in most cases they date from the 1990's
The Bahamas are formed by an archipelago of some 700 islands and 2400 cays; only 50 of them are inhabited
primary sources used for the general information:
BB CA DK EV FW PW WA WB WR, and some - local national or international - statistical yearbooks
particulars concerning population data:
 

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