- The British Virgin Islands (not to be confused with the US Virgin Islands) is a small archipelago of 4 main islands and many smaller islands in the Caribbean Sea.
- There are around a total of 60 islands here, but just 16 are inhabited!
- They include Anegada, Cooper Island, Guana, Jost Van Dyke, Mosquito Island, Necker, Peter Island, Salt Island, Scrub Island, Tortola and Virgin Gorda.
Flag of the British Virgin Islands
- Being an archipelago, it has no bordering countries. Its nearest neighbours, however, are Bermuda to the north, Anguilla to the east, US Virgin Islands to the south and south-west and Puerto Rico to the west.
- This small group of islands has a combined area of 59 square miles (153 square kilometres).
- BVI’s population was estimated at 35,802 in July 2018.
- Residents here are referred to as ‘British Virgin Islanders’, just in case you were wondering!
- The capital city is called Road Town and has a population of 12,603 (2012).
- The terrain here is relatively flat on the coral islands, with the volcanic islands showcasing beautiful rolling hills – perfect for gentle expeditions.
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
- In 1493 Christopher Columbus visited the islands and named them ‘Las Virgines’.
- To follow in the footsteps of the famous explorer and visit this famous sailing destination, the coordinates are 18.4285° N, 62.6243°
- BVI became a British territory in 1672.
- BVI enjoys a sub-tropical climate with temperatures moderated by trade winds. Bliss!
- The national dish of BVI is called ‘fish and fungi’ and is usually served with mayonnaise or butter sauce – doesn’t sound great, but we’re sure it’s yummy!
- The average life expectancy here is 79.8 sun kissed years (2015).
- The currency of BVI is the United States Dollar, surprisingly!
- The locals pay a very low 8% income tax!
- British Virgin Islanders are legally citizens of the EU because of their British citizenship.
- As you may expect, English is the official language of BVI.
- BVI has one of the most prosperous economies in the Caribbean thanks to its thriving tourism sector.
- They grow fruits and vegetables, rear livestock and poultry and catch fish.
- The country’s industry consists mostly of tourism, but also of light industry, construction, rum and offshore banking.
- BVI exports fresh fish, rum, fruits, animals, gravel and sand.
- To call your friends or family who are enjoying the sun in BVI, you’ll need the international dialling code which is +1248.
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