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New Providence island with Bahama's capital Nassau lies about 310 km (193 mi) off the southern coast of Florida and north of Cuba. The coral-based archipelago consists of around 700 islands and islets, and more than 2,000 cays (coral reefs). Just about 30 islands are inhabited. The Bahamas share maritime borders with Cuba, Haiti, the United States, and Turks and Caicos Islands (UK).
With a land area of 13,943 km², the island chain is about the size of Montenegro, or slightly smaller than Connecticut.
The Bahamas has a population of just 370,000 people. Political capital and the commercial hub is Nassau. Spoken language is English.
Tourism and international banking (offshore finance) and investment management accounts for more than 55% of the country's gross domestic product. The Bahamas have become one of the world's foremost vacation resorts, the archipelago attracts more than five times its population in tourists. The former British colony and now a member of the Commonwealth has also one of the world's largest open-registry shipping fleets.
Commonwealth of the Bahamas | The Bahamas
The Bahamas extends 760 miles from the coast of Florida on the north-west almost to Haiti on the south-east. The group consists of 700 islands, of which 30 are inhabited, and about 2,400 cays (coral reefs).
When Christopher Columbus arrived in 1492 on San Salvador, The Islands Of The Bahamas were inhabited by Lucayans, a subgroup of Arawak indians. Slavery, disease and other hardships wiped out the entire tribe within 25 years of Columbus' arrival.
British settlement in The Bahamas was established in 1647 by a group of English settlers in search for religious freedom, the Company of Eleutheran Adventurers, who organized a community on what is now the island of Eleuthera; in 1783 the Islands Of The Bahamas became a British colony.
During the late 17th and early 18th centuries, piracy flourished in the islands because of their proximity to important shipping lanes.
Today The Bahamas has become one of the world's foremost vacation resorts. Nassau is the political capital and the commercial hub of The Bahamas. Tourism and international banking and investment management accounts for more than 55% of the country's gross domestic product.
other Caribbean island nations: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico
Commonwealth of the Bahamas
short form: The Bahamas
ISO Country Code: bs, BHS
Local Time = UTC -4h
Actual Time: Fri-May-25 09:10
Country Calling Code: +1 242
Capital City: Nassau on the island New Providence.
Second-largest Cities: Freeport (on Grand Bahama)
Type: Constitutional parliamentary democracy.
Independence: 10 July 1973 (from UK). Constitution: 10 July 1973.
Location: Caribbean, chain of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida, northeast of Cuba.
Area: 13,943 km². (5,383 sq. mi.);
Terrain: long, low flat coral formations with some low rounded hills.
Climate: Semitropical to tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream.
Population: 370,000 (2015)
GNI per capita PPP: $ 19 139 (year)
Ethnic groups: African 85%, European 12%, Asian and Hispanic 3%.
Religions: Baptist predominant (32%), Roman Catholic, Anglican, Evangelical Protestants, Methodist, Church of God.
Language: English (official); some Creole among Haitian groups. Literacy: 93%.
Natural resources: Salt, aragonite, timber, arable land.
Agriculture - products: Citrus, vegetables; poultry.
Exports - commodities: crawfish, aragonite, crude salt, polystyrene products
Exports - partners: Poland 26.3%, Cote dIvoire 20.9%, US 15.9%, Dominican Republic 14.3% (2015)
Imports - partners: US 22.3%, China 14.8%, Japan 9.5%, Poland 7.7%, South Korea 7.3%, Colombia 6.8%, Brazil 5.6%, Singapore 5.5% (2015)
Currency: Bahamian Dollar (BSD)
Political System of the Bahamas
The Bahamas is a constitutional parliamentary democracy and a commonwealth realm. Head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, represented by the Bahamian governor-general who acts on the advice of the prime minister and the cabinet.
Head of government is the prime minister, usually the leader of the majority party in parliament. The bicameral parliament of The Bahamas is made up of an appointed Senate, and an elected House of Assembly.
Official Sites of Bahamas
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The Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Official site of the Bahamas Government.
Office of the Prime Minister
Responsible for Direct Foreign Investment in the country, the Management and Disposal of Crown Estate.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Responsible for the conduct of foreign policy and foreign relations both at home and abroad.
The Bahamas Meteorology Department
Offers current weather conditions for all islands.
Map of the Bahamas
Political map of the Bahamas.
Google Earth The Bahamas
Searchable map and satellite view of the Bahamas.
Google Earth Nassau
Searchable map and satellite view of the Bahamas's capital.
Map of Central America and the Caribbean
Reference Map of Central America and the Caribbean.
Most incisive political news about and from The Bahamas.
Bahamas News and events
The Freeport News
Grand Bahamas' First Newspaper.
The Nassau Guardian
The leading Bahamas newspaper with local news.
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Arts & Culture
A portrait of a Bahamian artist.
Bahamas International Film Festival
Non-profit organization dedicated to providing the local community and International visitors with a diverse presentation of films from around the world.
© The Islands Of The Bahamas
Business & Economy
The Central Bank of The Bahamas
Official website of Central Bank of The Bahamas.
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce
Official website of Bahamas Chamber Of Commerce - Nassau.
The National Airline of The Bahamas.
The Bahamas Marine Island Link.
© Bahamas Government
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Destination Bahamas - Country Guides
Discover the Bahamas: Abaco islands, Andros Barrier Reef, Berry Islands, Exuma Cays, Garden of Groves, Grand Bahama, Harbour Island, Nassau, New Providence.
links to accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, sea parcs, cruising, diving with dolphins, tours and much more.
The official Tourism site of the Islands of the Bahamas.
Grand Bahama Island Tourism
The Official Web site of the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board.
The Island of The Bahamas
The Official UK website.
The Bahamas Guide.com
An extensive travel and tourism guide to the Bahamas Islands.
Bahamas Tourist Guide
The country of 700 islands.
Commercial Bahamas Islands vacation travel guides.
Bahamas Vacation Guide
Another guide to the Bahamas, but one with the experience of years.
Tourism guide to Abaco islands.
College of The Bahamas
The Bahamas' premier tertiary institution with campuses throughout the archipelago, became the University of The Bahamas in November 2016.
Environment & Nature
The Bahamas National Trust
Non-profit organisation in The Bahamas that manages the country’s national parks.
Ecosystems of The Bahamas
Information about the ecosystems and endangered species of The Bahamas.
Online and Hands On Mangrove Education.
Brief History of The Bahamas
Outline of Bahma's history.
Sources and additional Information on BahamasAmnesty International: Bahamas
The Commonwealth: Bahamas
BBC Country profile: Bahamas
GlobalEDGE: The Bahamas
The Heritage Foundation: Bahamas
Human Rights Watch: Bahamas
The Commonwealth: Bahamas
The World Factbook -- Bahamas
Major Cities in the Caribbean:
Basse-Terre, Basseterre, Bridgetown, Castries, Charlotte Amalie, Fort-de-France, Hamilton, Havana, Kingston, Kingstown, Nassau, Oranjestad, Port-au-Prince, Port-of-Spain, Roseau, Saint George's, Saint John's, Saint Martin, San Juan, Santo Domingo, The Valley, Willemstad
Other Countries and Territories in the Caribbean
Anguilla | Antigua and Barbuda | Aruba | Barbados | British Virgin Islands | Cuba | Dominica
Dominican Republic | Grenada | Guadeloupe | Haiti | Jamaica | Martinique | Montserrat | Netherlands Antilles
Puerto Rico | Saint Kitts and Nevis | Saint Lucia | Saint Vincent and the Grenadines |
Trinidad and Tobago | U.S. Virgin Islands
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