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Country name conventional long form: Commonwealth of The Bahamas
conventional short form: The Bahamas
Gevernment typeconstitutional parliamentary democracy
Capital name: Nassau
geographic coordinates: 25 05 N, 77 21 W
time difference: UTC-5 (same time as Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins first Sunday in April; ends last Sunday in October
Flag descriptionthree equal horizontal bands of aquamarine (top), gold, and aquamarine, with a black equilateral triangle based on the hoist side
CurrencyBahamian dollar (BSD)
Internet country code.bs
Ports and terminalsFreeport, Nassau, South Riding Point
Agriculture productscitrus, vegetables; poultry
Industriestourism, banking, cement, oil transshipment, salt, rum, aragonite, pharmaceuticals, spiral-welded steel pipe
Geography
LocationCaribbean, chain of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida, northeast of Cuba
Coordinates24 15 N, 76 00 W
ContinentCentral America and the Caribbean
Area total: 13,940 sq km
land: 10,070 sq km
water: 3,870 sq km
Boundaries0 km
Coastline3,542 km
Climatetropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream
Terrainlong, flat coral formations with some low rounded hills
Natural resourcessalt, aragonite, timber, arable land
Natural hazardshurricanes and other tropical storms cause extensive flood and wind damage
People
Population303,770
note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsblack 85%, white 12%, Asian and Hispanic 3%
ReligionsBaptist 35.4%, Anglican 15.1%, Roman Catholic 13.5%, Pentecostal 8.1%, Church of God 4.8%, Methodist 4.2%, other Christian 15.2%, none or unspecified 2.9%, other 0.8% (2000 census)
LanguagesEnglish (official), Creole (among Haitian immigrants)

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