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Capital: Nassau

"The beauty of these islands surpasses that of any other and as much as the day surpasses the night in splendour." -- Christopher Columbus

Deriving its name from the Spanish, baja mar, meaning 'shallow sea', The Bahamas dwells in the Atlantic Ocean, comprising 700 low-lying islands and mostly islets (cays or keys). Lucayan Indians inhabited the islands when Christopher Columbus discovered the New World on San Salvador in 1492. The country declared its independence from the UK in 1973.

Bahamanian culture is a mix of African, European and indigenous forms. Perhaps its most famous export is a rhythmic form of music called junkanoo.

Travel overview
For sun babies, Bahmas’s tropical climate is heaven-sent. 700 islands, their picture-perfect beaches, classy resorts, coral reefs and mangrove forests make the country a compelling destination. The ideal place for fishing, scuba diving or snorkeling enthusiast, the Bahamas is immensely popular with holidaymakers across the world. The country still has quiet and calm places where you can relax and spend time under the warm Caribbean sun. The charming capital, Nassau, brims with world-class resorts.

Indeed, it is no surprise that the Bahamas is widely considered one of the world's top travel destinations.

Capital: Nassau
Location: Caribbean, chain of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida, northeast of Cuba
Climate: tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream
Total Area: 13,940 sq km
Total Population: 305,655
Population Growth Rate: 0.602%
Sex Ratio: 0.956 male(s)/female
Literacy: 95.6%
Ethnic Groups: black, white, Asian and Hispanic
Irrigated land: 10 sq km
Languages: English, Creole

Time Zone: UTC-5
Currency: Bahamian dollar
Type of govt.: constitutional parliamentary democracy
Head of Govt.: Prime Minister Hubert A. Ingraham
Major Political Parties: Free National Movement or FNM, Progressive Liberal Party or PLP
Participation in International Organizations: ACP, C, Caricom, CDB, FAO, G-77, IADB, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt (signatory), ICFTU, ICRM, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ITU, MIGA, NAM, OAS, OPANAL, OPCW (signatory), UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO (observer)

Major Agricultural Products: citrus, vegetables, poultry

Natural Resources & Minerals: salt, aragonite, timber, arable land

Industry & Transport: tourism, banking, cement, oil transshipment, salt, rum, aragonite, pharmaceuticals, spiral-welded steel pipe
Airports: 64

Roadways: 2,693 km

Major Trade Partners: Spain, Poland, Germany, US, South Korea and Brazil
Exports: $451 million
Imports: $2.16 billion

 

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