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British Virgin Islands

Largest Islands Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Jost van Dyke
Total Area
58 sq mi (151 sq km)
Highest Point Mount Sage (on Tortola); 1,709 ft (521 m)
Lowest Point Caribbean Sea; sea level
Natural Resources none

map of British Virgin Islands

Population (July 2015 est) 33,454
Ethnic Groups black, white, mixed, East Indian
Languages English (official)
Religions
Methodist, Anglican, Church of God, Pentecostal, Seventh Day Adventist, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Jehovah's Witnesses, Hindu

Capital Road Town
Form of Government self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom
Present Constitution Adopted June 15, 2007
Chief of State
Queen Elizabeth II (since February 6, 1952); represented by Governor John Duncan (since August 15, 2014)
Head of Government
Premier Orlando Smith (since November 9, 2011)
Cabinet Executive Council appointed by the governor from members of the House of Assembly
Legislature unicameral House of Assembly
Judiciary Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court

Currency U.S. Dollar
Per Capita Income
$42,300
Principal Industries
tourism, light industry, construction, rum, concrete block, offshore banking services
Agricultural Products
fruits, vegetables; livestock, poultry, fish
Export Commodities
rum, fresh fish, fruits, animals; gravel, sand
Import Commodities
building materials, automobiles, foodstuffs, machinery

National Holiday Territory Day, July 1 (1956)
Flag
blue with the flag of the United Kingdom 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); the islands were named by Christopher Columbus in 1493 in honor of Saint Ursula and her 11 virgin followers (some sources say 11,000) who reputedly were martyred by the Huns in the 4th or 5th century; the figure on the banner holding a lamp represents the saint; the other lamps symbolize her followers

flag of British Virgin Islands

SEE ALSO
Queen Elizabeth II
Christopher Columbus

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