Want to learn a little more about the countries of the big wide world? Take a look at these fun facts about the British Virgin Islands!
1. How many islands are there?
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.
2. There’s no bordering neighbors.
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.
3. The BVIs are seriously small.
This small group of islands has a combined area of 59 square miles (153 square kilometres). BVI’s population was estimated at 30,030 in 2019.
Flag of the British Virgin Islands
4. An inventive name…
Residents here are referred to as ‘British Virgin Islanders’, just in case you were wondering!
5. What’s the capital of the British Virgin Islands?
The capital city is called Road Town and has a population of 12,603 (2012).
6. It’s up and down here!
The terrain here is relatively flat on the coral islands, with the volcanic islands showcasing beautiful rolling hills – perfect for gentle expeditions.
7. The islands were named by Christopher Columbus.
In 1493 Christopher Columbus visited the islands and named them ‘Las Virgines’.
8. How to find the British Virgin Islands on a map:
To follow in the footsteps of the famous explorer and visit this famous sailing destination, the coordinates are 18.4285° N, 62.6243°
9. Britain stepped in back in the 17th century.
BVI became a British territory in 1672.
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
10. The weather’s lovely!
BVI enjoys a sub-tropical climate with temperatures moderated by trade winds. Bliss!
11. Sounds gross, probably isn’t!
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!
12. You’ll live long and happy here.
The average life expectancy here is 79.8 sun kissed years (2015).
13. Leave the British pennies at home.
The currency of BVI is the United States Dollar, surprisingly!