21 Interesting Facts about British Virgin Islands

  1. 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.
  2. There are around a total of 60 islands here, but only 16 are inhabited!
  3. 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.
  4. This small group of islands has a combined area of 59 square miles (153 square kilometres).
  5. BVI’s population was 31,196 in 2017.
  6. Residents here are referred to as ‘British Virgin Islanders’, just in case you were wondering!
  7. The capital city is called Road Town and has a population of 12,603 (2012).
  8. The terrain here is relatively flat on the coral islands, with the volcanic islands showcasing beautiful rolling hills – perfect for gentle expeditions.
  9. In 1493 Christopher Columbus visited the islands and named them ‘Las Virgines’.
  10. To follow in the footsteps of the famous explorer and visit this famous sailing destination, the coordinates are 18.4285° N, 62.6243°
  11. BVI became a British territory in 1672.
  12. BVI enjoys a sub-tropical climate with temperatures moderated by trade winds. Bliss!
  13. 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!
  14. The average life expectancy here is 79.8 sun kissed years (2015).
  15. The currency of BVI is the United States Dollar, surprisingly!
  16. As you may expect, English is the official language of BVI.
  17. BVI has one of the most prosperous economies in the Caribbean thanks to its thriving tourism sector.
  18. They grow fruits and vegetables, rear livestock and poultry and catch fish.
  19. The country’s industry consists mostly of tourism, but also of light industry, construction, rum and offshore banking.
  20. BVI exports fresh fish, rum, fruits, animals, gravel and sand.
  21. 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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