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British Virgin Islands

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.

Languages & Population

Approximate Population: 23,552 (July 2007 est.)

Nationality (Noun): British Virgin Islander(s)

Nationality (Adjective): British Virgin Islander

Official Language(s): English

Major Languages Spoken: English

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Country Facts

Country Name (short form): British Virgin Islands

Country Name (local long form): none

Country Name (local short form): none

Name of Capital: Road Town

UTC Time Difference (from capital): UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Countries Near by, and Bordering British Virgin Islands: Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Anguilla

Land Area: 153 sq km

Comparative Area: about 0.9 times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline: 80 km

National Holiday: Territory Day, 1 July (1956)

International Phone Code: -283

Currency Code: US dollar (USD)

Internet Country Code: .vg

US Embassy Location: none (overseas territory of the UK)

US Embassy Mailing Address: none


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