British Virgin Islands Overview


British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom)

The British Virgin Islands are located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, north of the Leeward Islands. Covering an area of 153 square kilometers, the islands are home to a population of 2.2 million people, most of whom are of African descent. Residents are Christian, and English is the most common language. The currency is the U.S. dollar, and the capital is Road Town.

British Virgin Islands Flag

British Virgin Islands Country Flag

History Summary

The islands were original inhabited by indigenous Indians. In 1495, Columbus reached the islands, which became an annex of Britain in 1672. In 1872, the islands became a British colony as part of the Leeward Islands, Phoenix Islands by the Governor’s jurisdiction back to 1960. The islands after being appointed by the Chief Minister is responsible.

Economy and Culture Overview

The economy is dependent on tourism and financial services.

British Virgin Islands Map

British Virgin Islands Map

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