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Countries of the World: Bahamas
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% of GDP. 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- related. Manufacturing (2008; 3.0% of GDP): Products--plastics, pharmaceuticals, rum. 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%).
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/1857.htm

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. Climate: Semitropical.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/1857.htm

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.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/1857.htm

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)
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/1857.htm

Official Name of Bahamas The Official Name of Bahamas is Commonwealth of The Bahamas. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/1857.htm

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 3%. 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. Attendance--92%. Literacy--95.5%. Health (2009 est.): Infant mortality rate--17.6/1,000. Life expectancy--73.15 years. Work force (2008): 191,595; majority employed in the tourism, government, and financial services sectors.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/1857.htm



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