map of the British Virgin Islands BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

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): British Virgin Islands
country code ISO: VG //; - FIPS: VI
location: Central America, West-Indies, Caribbean, Lesser Antilles
time zone: -4 UT
surface (land) area: 153 sq.km = 59 sq.mi //; - area incl. inland waters: sq.km = sq.mi
geographical position in extreme co-ordinates: North/South: 18° N / East/West: 65° W
borders (land): none
borders (coastline): north side: Atlantic Ocean; south side: Caribbean Sea
climate: Caribbean tropical
Government
independent since: not yet
type of government: dependent territory of the United Kingdom (since 1672)
capital: Road Town
administrative division: none
Population
population according to the latest census (1991): 16,749; or: 16,644
total population according to the estimate of midyear 1999: 19,864 ; 2000: 19,615 ; 2001: 20,812 ; 2002:
population density: 131 per sq.km = 339 per sq.mi
population growth: 0,4 % //; - doubling time: years
birth rate: 20 per 1000
death rate: 6 per 1000
fertility rate: 2 children per female
maternal mortality: per 100,000
infant mortality (in the first year of life): per 1000
infant mortality (from 1st - 4th year of life): 19 per 1000
life expectancy: 74,5 years (male: 72; female: 77)
age breakdown: 0-14 years: % //; - 15-59 years: % //; - 60+ years: %
urbanisation: % //; - urbanisation growth: %
percentage of urban population in the greatest city: %
Ethnic composition, language, religion
ethnic groups: Black (mainly of African descent) 90%
languages: English
religious affiliation: Protestant 86%
Health
daily food intake: calories per capita
population with access to safe water: 20%
people per physician:
people per hospital bed:
Education, literacy
school enrolment: primary education 6-11 years: %
school enrolment: secondary education: %
school enrolment: tertiary education 20-24 years: %
adult literacy: 98% (male: %; female: %)
 
Economy and infrastructure
 
Economy and trade
currency: US dollar = 100 cents
annual inflation rate: %
population below poverty line: %
Gross Domestic Product: USD 8000 per capita
GNI USD per capita //; - [ppp: ]
GDP growth: %
income: USD 11000 per capita
import: USD 14 per capita //; - export: USD 1 per capita
trade: USD 1200 per capita //; - or % of GDP
trade partners: US GB
human development index: //; - position of the country in the world no.:
female labour force: 43%
unemployment: %
tourism: 0,3 million
Economic activities in agriculture, fisheries, industry, mining, services, energy
land use: arable land: 20 - 27% //; - grass land: 33% //; - wooded area: 7% //; - arid land and desert: %
agriculture: labour force: 2% //; - part of agriculture in GDP: %
agricultural products: rum
livestock (1000s): asses: / cattle: 2 / goats: 10 / horses: / pigs: 2 / poultry: / sheep: 6
fish catch: 115 metric tonnes
industry: labour force: 17% //; - part of industry in GDP: %
industrial products: tourism is the main economic activity
mining products: of no economic importance
CO2 emission per capita:
services: labour force: 80% //; - part of services in GDP: %
energy use (kg per capita):
electricity use (per capita):
annual water use (per capita):
Traffic, communication
road network: km //; - of which paved: % //; - of which are motorways: 0 km
vehicles: 380 per 1000 // international license plate:
railways: 0 km //; - railways passenger/km: -
navigable inland waterways: 0 km
ownership telephone: per 1000 // international dialling code: +284
ownership radio receivers: per 1000
ownership tv-sets: per 1000
newspaper circulation: per 1000
persons per post office:
personal computers: per 1000
 
Some physical landmarks
 
mountains: Mt. Sage 521 m, Virgin Gorda Peak 414, Mt. Belle Vue 385
lowest point: sea level
lakes (natural): unknown
lakes (artificial reservoirs): unknown
lakes (deepest): unknown
rivers: some small rivers to drain the mountain slopes; no names are given 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
islands were Dutch from 1648-1666, and since then British
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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