British Virgin Islands Facts

Number of Islands:
About 60 islands & Cays (16 are inhabited); The four major are Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke.

Time:
Standard Time Zone: UTC/GMT minus 4 hrs.

Climate:
Sub-tropical rather than tropical; trade winds moderate; extremes of both heat and humidity; temperature ranges: winter 22 degrees to 28 degrees Celsius; summer 26 degrees to 31 degrees Celsius; night temperatures drop to 10 degrees Celsius; and, erratic rainfall averaging 127 centimetres per year; occasional droughts.

Status:
Crown colony.

Capital:
Road Town, on Tortola Island (estimated population 2,500).

Other main towns:
East End; West End and, Long Look.

Population:
20,254 increasing by 2.3 per cent per year

Language:
English (main), Spanish

Religions:
Christianity, Hinduism, Islamic Faith

Currency:
US Dollar

Exports:
fish, rum, sand and gravel, fruits and vegetables.

Imports:
foodstuffs, building materials, machinery and equipment, motor cars, beverages.

Main industries:
economy based on tourism and financial services.

Tourism:
the major economic activity, accounting for some 45% of the national income; approximately 400,000 visitors per year.

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