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Destination British Virgin Islands, short BVI. This page aims to give you a broad overview of the Islands' art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this Caribbean island, e.g.: official web sites of British Virgin Islands, domestic airlines, islands guides with travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from British Virgin Islands.

Road Town
Tortola - Road Town © bvitourism.com
 

British Virgin Islands

Country Profile



Flag of British Virgin Islands
Flag of British Virgin Islands

Background:
The British Virgin Islands comprise more than 40 Caribbean islands and islets, 16 of them are inhabited. First settled by the Dutch in 1648, the islands were annexed in 1672 by the English.
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.
The economy of BVI is closely tied to the larger and more populous US Virgin Islands to the west; the US dollar is the legal currency.

There are lots of deals online to help save on last minute trips to the islands as well as a number of all inclusive resorts.

related countries: UK

neighboring islands: Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, US Virgin Islands
 
where in the world are the Virgin Islands

Official Name:
British Virgin Islands
abbreviation: BVI

ISO Country Code: vg

Time:
Local Time = UTC -4h
Actual Time: Sat-Oct-25  06:12

Country Calling Code: +1 284

Capital City: Road Town (on Tortola)

Other Towns: Spanish Town (on Virgin Gorda)

Government: Overseas territory of the UK with internal self-governing.

Geography:
Location: Caribbean, east of Puerto Rico.
Area: 153 sq km (59 sq miles)
Terrain: Coral islands are relatively flat; the volcanic islands steep and hilly.

Climate: Subtropical; humid; temperatures moderated by trade winds.

People:
Nationality: British Virgin Islander(s)
Population: 28,000 (2012)
Ethnic Groups: Black 83%, White, Indian, Asian and mixed.
Religions: Christianity
Languages: English, Spanish
Literacy: 98%

Natural resources: Sun, sand, sea, surf.

Agriculture products: Fruits, vegetables; livestock, poultry; fish.

Industries: Tourism, light industry, construction, rum, concrete block, offshore financial sevice.

Exports partners: Virgin Islands (US), Puerto Rico, USA

Imports partners: Virgin Islands (US), Puerto Rico, USA

Currency: US Dollar (USD)


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Official Sites of British Virgin Islands

BVI Government Information Service
British Virgin Islands Gateway to the Government, the site provides a broad spectrum of information related to the BVI.

British Virgin Islands Useful Information
Information you need to know when visiting BVI.


UK Government
Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)
The British Government department responsible for overseas relations and foreign affairs.
UK Embassies Overseas
Address list of UK Embassies Abroad.


Maps
Map of Puerto Rico and and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Map of the Virgin Islands
Political map of the Virgin Islands.
Virgin Islands Maps
Map based Virgin Islands website.
Google Earth Google Earth Virgin Islands
Searchable satellite view of Virgin Islands.

Map of Central America and the Caribbean
Reference Map of Central America and the Caribbean. 
 

News

Island Sun
British Virgin Islands News.
BVI Beacon
weekly
BVI Stand Point
weekly
 

 

Arts & Culture

Limin' Times
The weekly authoritative guide to what's happening in the British Virgin Islands, features the islands' best clubs, top bands and most popular community events.
 

 

Business & Economy


The Development Planning Unit
Governmental department for Development Planning.

Trade and Investment Promotion Department
Governmental department for Trade and Investment Promotion.

Transportation
Fly BVI
BVI Air Charter Service.

BVI Ports Authority
Ports Authority of the British Virgin Islands.
 
 

Destination BVI - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover British Virgin Islands with its islands: Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, Tortola. Highest point: Mount Sage.
Accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, fishing, sailing, horseback riding, hiking, boating, cruising, kayaking, scuba diving, yachting and much more.

The British Virgin Island
The official site of the BVI Tourist Board.

British Virgin Islands Welcome Tourist Guide
Published in collaboration with the
The British Virgin Islands
Islands Internet Index.
Guide to British Virgin Islands
An extensive online travel guide for the British Virgin Islands.

Islands
Tortola
BVI Tourist Board's guide to Tortola.
Virgin Gorda
BVI Tourist Board's guide to Virgin Gorda.
Jost Van Dyke
BVI Tourist Board's guide to Jost Van Dyke.
Anegada
BVI Tourist Board's guide to Anegada.

Events
Limin' Times
The weekly updated BVI event guide.
 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Virgin Gorda
Sunset on Virgin Gorda © BVI Tourist Board

Education

H. Lavity Stoutt Community College - HLSCC
Institution for higher education in the BVI.
 
 

Environment

Association of Reef Keepers
ARK is dedicated to protect the BVI's marine environment.
Island Resources Foundation
Environmental Planning for Island Development.
National Parks Trust of the British Virgin Islands
Site about the Trust and the National Parks of BVI.
 
 

History

The British Virgin Islands - History
History of the Virgin Islands.

Virgin Islands Digital Collection
Sources of information on Virgin Islands' history and culture at UVI Libraries.

Virgin Islands History
Danish National Archives' website on the history of the Danish West Indies, 1671-1917.
 
 

Additional Information on British Virgin Islands

BBC News Country Profile: British Virgin Islands
Governments on the WWW: British Virgin Islands
Open Directory Project: British Virgin Islands
Wikipedia: British Virgin Islands
The World Factbook -- British Virgin Islands
 
 

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