British Virgin Islands Country Information

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British Virgin Islands
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Population: 21,730
Area: 153
Continent: NA
Capitol: Road Town
Currency: Dollar (USD)
Primary Languages Spoken: en-VG
Domain Name TLD: .vg
Phone Prefix: -283
Country Code (FIPS): VI
Neighboring Countries:
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British Virgin Islands Map

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.

Caribbean, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico

Geographical Coordinates:
18 30 N, 64 30 W

subtropical; humid; temperatures moderated by trade winds

coral islands relatively flat; volcanic islands steep, hilly

Natural Resources:

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

80 km

Growth Rate:

Map Reference:
Central America and the Caribbean

British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands Facts

The British Virgin Islands is a British overseas territory, located in the Caribbean to the east of Puerto Rico. The islands make up part of the Virgin Islands archipelago, the remaining islands constituting the U.S. Virgin Islands. Technically the name of the Territory is simply the Virgin Islands"

but in practice since 1917 they have been almost universally referred to as the ""British Virgin Islands"" to distinguish the islands from the American Territory. To add to the regional confusion

the Puerto Rican islands of Culebra

Vieques and surrounding islands began referring to themselves as the ""Spanish Virgin Islands"" as part of a tourism drive in the early 2000s."""

British Virgin Islands's Largest Cities

(British Virgin Islands's Most Populated Cities)

Top 1 British Virgin Islands cities shown of 1 total British Virgin Islands cities that are over 1,000 in population...

1. Road Town 8,449

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