Population: 27,800 (est.)
Language(s): English, Spanish.
Capital: Road Town
- The US$ is the official currency of the British Virgin Islands.
- The islands are overwhelmingly Christian (84%) with the largest individual Christian denominations being Methodist (23%), Anglican (12%), Church of God (11%) and Catholic (9%). Muslims and Hindus constitute each approximately 1.2%.
- The BVI are a British overseas territory.
- Since 2002 BVI citizens have full British citizenship.
- British Virgin Island citizens are also considered to be part of the EU.
- The average year-round temperature is 26.7-32 C(80-90 F) with sub-tropical balmy weather and breezes year round.
- The BVI has one of the most prosperous economies in the Caribbean, with income being generated from tourism and financial services.
- Life expectancy is around 70.2 years for men and 78.6 years for women.
The Virgin Islands, often called the British Virgin Islands (BVI), is a British overseas territory located in the Caribbean to the east of Puerto Rico. The islands make up part of the Virgin Islands archipelago, the remaining islands constitute the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Spanish Virgin Islands.
The official name of the Territory is still simply the “Virgin Islands”, but the prefix “British” is often used to distinguish it from the neighbouring American territory which changed its name from the “Danish West Indies” to “Virgin Islands of the United States” in 1917. British Virgin Islands government publications had traditionally continued to commence with “The Territory of the Virgin Islands”, and passports simply refer to the “Virgin Islands”, and all laws begin with the words “Virgin Islands”. Moreover, the Territory’s Constitutional Commission has expressed the view that “every effort should be made”, to encourage the use of the name “Virgin Islands”.
The British Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, along with over fifty other smaller islands and cays. About 15 of the islands are inhabited. The capital, Road Town, is situated on Tortola, the largest island, which is approximately 20 km (12 mi) long and 5 km (3 mi) wide. The islands have a population of about 27,800, of whom approximately 23,000 live on Tortola.
British Virgin Islanders are classed as British Overseas Territories citizens and since 2002 have had full British citizenship. Although the territory is not part of the European Union and not directly subject to EU law, its citizens are deemed to be citizens of the EU as well.