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Virgin Islands

During the 17th century, the archipelago was divided into two territorial units, one English and the other Danish. Sugarcane, produced by slave labor, drove the islands' economy during the 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1917, the US purchased the Danish portion, which had been in economic decline since the abolition of slavery in 1848.

Languages & Population

Approximate Population: 108,448 (July 2007 est.)

Nationality (Noun): Virgin Islander(s) (US citizens)

Nationality (Adjective): Virgin Island

Official Language(s): English

Major Languages Spoken: English, French, Spanish

Map of Virgin Islands

Country Facts

Country Name (long form): United States Virgin Islands

Country Name (short form): Virgin Islands

Country Name (local long form): none

Country Name (local short form): none

Name of Capital: Charlotte Amalie

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

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

Land Area: 346 sq km

Water Area: 1564 sq km

Comparative Area: twice the size of Washington, DC

Total Land Boundry: 0 km

Coastline: 188 km

National Holiday: Transfer Day (from Denmark to the US), 27 March (1917)

International Phone Code: -339

Currency Code: US dollar (USD)

Internet Country Code: .vi

US Embassy Location: none (territory of the US)

US Embassy Mailing Address: none (territory of the US)

 

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