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Country name conventional long form: United States Virgin Islands
conventional short form: Virgin Islands
former: Danish West Indies
abbreviation: USVI
Gevernment typeNA
Capital name: Charlotte Amalie
geographic coordinates: 18 21 N, 64 56 W
time difference: UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Flag descriptionwhite, with a modified US coat of arms in the center between the large blue initials V and I; the coat of arms shows a yellow eagle holding an olive branch in one talon and three arrows in the other with a superimposed shield of vertical red and white stripes below a blue panel
CurrencyUS dollar (USD)
Internet country
Ports and terminalsCharlotte Amalie, Limetree Bay
Agriculture productsfruit, vegetables, sorghum; Senepol cattle
Industriestourism, petroleum refining, watch assembly, rum distilling, construction, pharmaceuticals, textiles, electronics
LocationCaribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico
Coordinates18 20 N, 64 50 W
ContinentCentral America and the Caribbean
Area total: 1,910 sq km
land: 346 sq km
water: 1,564 sq km
Boundaries0 km
Coastline188 km
Climatesubtropical, tempered by easterly trade winds, relatively low humidity, little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season September to November
Terrainmostly hilly to rugged and mountainous with little level land
Natural resourcessun, sand, sea, surf
Natural hazardsseveral hurricanes in recent years; frequent and severe droughts and floods; occasional earthquakes
Population108,605 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsblack 76.2%, white 13.1%, Asian 1.1%, other 6.1%, mixed 3.5% (2000 census)
ReligionsBaptist 42%, Roman Catholic 34%, Episcopalian 17%, other 7%
LanguagesEnglish 74.7%, Spanish or Spanish Creole 16.8%, French or French Creole 6.6%, other 1.9% (2000 census)

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