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 for British Virgin Islands
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  British Virgin Islands
      n 1: more than 40 northeastern Virgin Islands (15 inhabited); a
           dependent territory of the United Kingdom

From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

  British Virgin Islands
  
     Introduction British Virgin Islands
     -----------------------------------
                              Background: First settled by the Dutch in 1648,
                                          the islands were annexed in 1672 by
                                          the English. The economy is closely
                                          tied to the larger and more populous
                                          US Virgin Islands to the west; the
                                          US dollar is the legal currency.
    
     Geography British Virgin Islands
     --------------------------------
                                Location: Caribbean, between the Caribbean Sea
                                          and the North Atlantic Ocean, east
                                          of Puerto Rico
                  Geographic coordinates: 18 30 N, 64 30 W
                          Map references: Central America and the Caribbean
                                    Area: total: 153 sq km
                                          note: comprised of 16 inhabited and
                                          more than 20 uninhabited islands;
                                          includes the island of Anegada
                                          water: 0 sq km
                                          land: 153 sq km
                      Area - comparative: about 0.9 times the size of
                                          Washington, DC
                         Land boundaries: 0 km
                               Coastline: 80 km
                         Maritime claims: exclusive fishing zone: 200 NM
                                          territorial sea: 3 NM
                                 Climate: subtropical; humid; temperatures
                                          moderated by trade winds
                                 Terrain: coral islands relatively flat;
                                          volcanic islands steep, hilly
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
                                          highest point: Mount Sage 521 m
                       Natural resources: NEGL
                                Land use: arable land: 20%
                                          permanent crops: 6.67%
                                          other: 73.33% (1998 est.)
                          Irrigated land: NA sq km
                         Natural hazards: hurricanes and tropical storms (July
                                          to October)
            Environment - current issues: limited natural fresh water
                                          resources (except for a few seasonal
                                          streams and springs on Tortola, most
                                          of the islands' water supply comes
                                          from wells and rainwater catchments)
                        Geography - note: strong ties to nearby US Virgin
                                          Islands and Puerto Rico
    
     People British Virgin Islands
     -----------------------------
                              Population: 21,272 (July 2002 est.)
                           Age structure: 0-14 years: 22.4% (male 2,401;
                                          female 2,351)
                                          15-64 years: 72.7% (male 7,962;
                                          female 7,509)
                                          65 years and over: 4.9% (male 565;
                                          female 484) (2002 est.)
                  Population growth rate: 2.16% (2002 est.)
                              Birth rate: 15.09 births/1,000 population (2002
                                          est.)
                              Death rate: 4.42 deaths/1,000 population (2002
                                          est.)
                      Net migration rate: 10.91 migrant(s)/1,000 population
                                          (2002 est.)
                               Sex ratio: at birth: 1.04 male(s)/female
                                          under 15 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
                                          15-64 years: 1.06 male(s)/female
                                          65 years and over: 1.17 male(s)/
                                          female
                                          total population: 1.06 male(s)/
                                          female (2002 est.)
                   Infant mortality rate: 19.55 deaths/1,000 live births (2002
                                          est.)
                Life expectancy at birth: total population: 75.85 years
                                          female: 76.84 years (2002 est.)
                                          male: 74.9 years
                    Total fertility rate: 1.72 children born/woman (2002 est.)
        HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: NA%
       HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/ NA
                                    AIDS:
                       HIV/AIDS - deaths: NA
                             Nationality: noun: British Virgin Islander(s)
                                          adjective: British Virgin Islander
                           Ethnic groups: black 83%, white, Indian, Asian and
                                          mixed
                               Religions: Protestant 86% (Methodist 33%,
                                          Anglican 17%, Church of God 9%,
                                          Seventh-Day Adventist 6%, Baptist
                                          4%, Jehovah's Witnesses 2%, other
                                          2%), Roman Catholic 10%, none 2%,
                                          other 2% (1991)
                               Languages: English (official)
                                Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read
                                          and write
                                          total population: 97.8% (1991 est.)
                                          male: NA%
                                          female: NA%
    
     Government British Virgin Islands
     ---------------------------------
                            Country name: conventional long form: none
                                          conventional short form: British
                                          Virgin Islands
                                          abbreviation: BVI
                       Dependency status: overseas territory of the UK;
                                          internal self-governing
                         Government type: NA
                                 Capital: Road Town
                Administrative divisions: none (overseas territory of the UK)
                            Independence: none (overseas territory of the UK)
                        National holiday: Territory Day, 1 July
                            Constitution: 1 June 1977
                            Legal system: English law
                                Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
                        Executive branch: chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II
                                          (since 6 February 1952), represented
                                          by Governor Francis J. SAVAGE (since
                                          NA)
                                          elections: none; the monarch is
                                          hereditary; governor appointed by
                                          the monarch; chief minister
                                          appointed by the governor from among
                                          the members of the Legislative
                                          Council
                                          head of government: Chief Minister
                                          Ralph T. O'NEAL (since 15 May 1995)
                                          cabinet: Executive Council appointed
                                          by the governor from members of the
                                          Legislative Council
                      Legislative branch: unicameral Legislative Council (13
                                          seats; members are elected by direct
                                          popular vote, one member from each
                                          of 9 electoral districts, four at-
                                          large members; members serve four-
                                          year terms)
                                          elections: last held 17 May 1999
                                          (next to be held NA 2003)
                                          election results: percent of vote by
                                          party - NA%; seats by party - VIP 7,
                                          CCM 1, NDP 5
                         Judicial branch: Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court,
                                          consisting of the High Court of
                                          Justice and the Court of Appeal (one
                                          judge of the Supreme Court is a
                                          resident of the islands and presides
                                          over the High Court); Magistrate's
                                          Court; Juvenile Court; Court of
                                          Summary Jurisdiction
           Political parties and leaders: Concerned Citizens Movement or CCM
                                          [Ethlyn SMITH]; National Democratic
                                          Party or NDP [Orlando SMITH]; United
                                          Party or UP [Gregory MADURO]; Virgin
                                          Islands Party or VIP [Ralph T.
                                          O'NEAL]
            Political pressure groups and NA
                                 leaders:
               International organization Caricom (associate), CDB, ECLAC
                           participation: (associate), Interpol (subbureau),
                                          IOC, OECS (associate), UNESCO
                                          (associate)
     Diplomatic representation in the US: none (overseas territory of the UK)
       Diplomatic representation from the none (overseas territory of the UK)
                                      US:
                        Flag description: blue, with the flag of the UK in the
                                          upper hoist-side quadrant and the
                                          Virgin Islander coat of arms
                                          centered in the outer half of the
                                          flag; the coat of arms depicts a
                                          woman flanked on either side by a
                                          vertical column of six oil lamps
                                          above a scroll bearing the Latin
                                          word VIGILATE (Be Watchful)
    
     Economy British Virgin Islands
     ------------------------------
                      Economy - overview: The economy, one of the most stable
                                          and prosperous in the Caribbean, is
                                          highly dependent on tourism,
                                          generating an estimated 45% of the
                                          national income. An estimated
                                          350,000 tourists, mainly from the
                                          US, visited the islands in 1998. In
                                          the mid-1980s, the government began
                                          offering offshore registration to
                                          companies wishing to incorporate in
                                          the islands, and incorporation fees
                                          now generate substantial revenues.
                                          Roughly 400,000 companies were on
                                          the offshore registry by yearend
                                          2000. The adoption of a
                                          comprehensive insurance law in late
                                          1994, which provides a blanket of
                                          confidentiality with regulated
                                          statutory gateways for investigation
                                          of criminal offenses, is expected to
                                          make the British Virgin Islands even
                                          more attractive to international
                                          business. Livestock raising is the
                                          most important agricultural
                                          activity; poor soils limit the
                                          islands' ability to meet domestic
                                          food requirements. Because of
                                          traditionally close links with the
                                          US Virgin Islands, the British
                                          Virgin Islands has used the dollar
                                          as its currency since 1959.
                                     GDP: purchasing power parity - $311
                                          million (2000 est.)
                  GDP - real growth rate: 4.4% (2000 est.)
                        GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $16,000
                                          (2000 est.)
             GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 1.8%
                                          industry: 6.2%
                                          services: 92% (1996 est.)
           Population below poverty line: NA%
       Household income or consumption by lowest 10%: NA%
                        percentage share: highest 10%: NA%
        Inflation rate (consumer prices): 3.3% (2000)
                             Labor force: 4,911 (1980)
             Labor force - by occupation: agriculture NA%, industry NA%,
                                          services NA%
                       Unemployment rate: 3% (1995)
                                  Budget: revenues: $121.5 million
                                          expenditures: $115.5 million,
                                          including capital expenditures of
                                          $NA (1997)
                              Industries: tourism, light industry,
                                          construction, rum, concrete block,
                                          offshore financial center
       Industrial production growth rate: 4% (1985)
                Electricity - production: 42 million kWh (1999)
      Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 100%
                                          hydro: 0%
                                          other: 0% (1999)
                                          nuclear: 0%
               Electricity - consumption: 39.1 million kWh (1999)
                   Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (1999)
                   Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (1999)
                  Agriculture - products: fruits, vegetables; livestock,
                                          poultry; fish
                                 Exports: $6.2 million (2000 est.)
                   Exports - commodities: rum, fresh fish, fruits, animals;
                                          gravel, sand
                      Exports - partners: Virgin Islands (US), Puerto Rico, US
                                 Imports: $230 million (2000 est.)
                   Imports - commodities: building materials, automobiles,
                                          foodstuffs, machinery
                      Imports - partners: Virgin Islands (US), Puerto Rico, US
                         Debt - external: $36.1 million (1997)
                Economic aid - recipient: NA
                                Currency: US dollar (USD)
                           Currency code: USD
                          Exchange rates: the US dollar is used
                             Fiscal year: 1 April - 31 March
    
     Communications British Virgin Islands
     -------------------------------------
            Telephones - main lines in use: 10,000 (1996)
              Telephones - mobile cellular: NA
                          Telephone system: general assessment: worldwide
                                            telephone service
                                            domestic: NA
                                            international: submarine cable to
                                            Bermuda
                  Radio broadcast stations: AM 1, FM 4, shortwave 0 (1998)
                                    Radios: 9,000 (1997)
             Television broadcast stations: 1 (plus one cable company) (1997)
                               Televisions: 4,000 (1997)
                     Internet country code: .vg
         Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 16 (2000)
                            Internet users: NA
    
     Transportation British Virgin Islands
     -------------------------------------
                                  Railways: 0 km
                                  Highways: total: 177 km
                                            paved: 177 km
                                            unpaved: 0 km (2000)
                                 Waterways: none
                         Ports and harbors: Road Town
                           Merchant marine: total: 1 ship (1,000 GRT or over)
                                            totaling 70,285 GRT/6,946 DWT
                                            ships by type: passenger 1 (2002
                                            est.)
                                  Airports: 3 (2001)
             Airports - with paved runways: total: 2
                                            914 to 1,523 m: 1
                                            under 914 m: 1 (2001)
           Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 1
                                            914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2001)
    
     Military British Virgin Islands
     -------------------------------
                         Military - note: defense is the responsibility of the
                                          UK
    
     Transnational Issues British Virgin Islands
     -------------------------------------------
                 Disputes - international: none
                            Illicit drugs: transshipment point for South
                                           American narcotics destined for the
                                           US and Europe
    
                                         
  
  

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