Countries of the World:
Resources about Bahamas including maps, facts about the land, people,
history, government, political conditions, and economy.
Economy of Bahamas
GDP (2009 est., official exchange rate): $7.376 billion
(current); $6.717 billion (constant).
Growth rate (2009 est.): 0.93% (current); -4.29% (constant).
Per capita GDP (2008 est.): $19,619 (constant).
Government spending (current expenditure only, 2009): 16.8%
Natural resources: Salt, aragonite, timber, arable land.
Tourism (2004, including tourism-driven construction and
manufacturing): 48% of GDP.
Financial services: 7.8% of GDP.
Business services and real estate: 28.8% of GDP.
Construction (2009; 5.6% of GDP): Products--largely tourism-
Manufacturing (2008; 3.0% of GDP): Products--plastics,
Agriculture and fisheries (2009; 1.5% of GDP): Products--
fruits, vegetables, lobster, fish.
Trade (2008): Exports ($410 million)--mineral products and
salt, rum, animal products, chemicals, fruits, and
vegetables. Export partners (2007)--U.S. (71%), Canada
(5.7%), Netherlands (5.6%), France (4.9%), Germany (2.4%),
U.K. (1.5%), South Africa (1.5%), China (1.5%). Imports
($3.2 billion)--foodstuffs and animals, machinery and
transport equipment, manufactures, chemicals, mineral fuels.
Import partners (2007)--U.S. (87.0%), Curacao (2.8%),
Venezuela (2.1%), Puerto Rico (1.4%), Japan (1.1%).
Geography of Bahamas
Area: 13,939 sq. km. (5,382 sq. mi.); slightly larger than
Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.
Cities: Capital--Nassau, New Providence. Second-largest city--
Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Terrain: Low and flat.
Government of Bahamas
Type: Constitutional parliamentary democracy.
Independence: July 10, 1973.
Branches: Executive--Queen Elizabeth II (head of state),
governor general (representative of Queen Elizabeth II), prime
minister (head of government), and cabinet. Legislative--
bicameral Parliament (41-member elected House of Assembly, 16-
member appointed Senate). Judicial--Privy Council in U.K.,
Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, and magistrates' courts.
Political parties: Free National Movement (FNM), Progressive
Liberal Party (PLP), Bahamas Democratic Movement (BDM).
Suffrage (2007): Universal over 18; 150,689 registered voters.
Map of Bahamas
This Map of Bahamas shows the borders of the country, as well
as rivers, and cities including Nassau the capital of Bahamas.
(Maps from the U.S. State Department)
Official Name of Bahamas
The Official Name of Bahamas is Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
(Facts from the U.S. State Department)
People of Bahamas
Nationality: Noun and adjective--Bahamian(s).
Population (2009 official est.): 342,400; (unofficial,
including an estimated 30,000 undocumented Haitians): 370,000.
Annual population growth rate (2009 est.): 1.24%.
Ethnic groups: African 85%, European 12%, Asian and Hispanic
Religions: Baptist (35%), Roman Catholic, Anglican,
Evangelical Protestants, Methodist, Church of God,
Rastafarian, traditional African.
Language: English (official); Creole.
Education (2003): Years compulsory--through age 16.
Health (2009 est.): Infant mortality rate--17.6/1,000. Life
Work force (2008): 191,595; majority employed in the tourism,
government, and financial services sectors.
If you notice a broken link or any error PLEASE report it by clicking