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 British Virgin Islands
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Area: 153 sq km (59 sq miles)
Population: 22,200 (via UN, 2006)
Capital City: Road Town, Tortola
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Overview
Government Type A parliamentary representative democratic dependency
Independence None (overseas territory of the UK)
Constitution 13 June 2007
Legal system English law
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal
Executive Branch

Head of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor John DUNCAN (since 15 August 2014)

Head of government: Premier Dr. Orlando SMITH (since 9 November 2011)

Cabinet: Executive Council appointed by the governor from members of the House of Assembly

Elections: the monarchy is hereditary; governor appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or the leader of the majority coalition usually appointed premier by the governor

Legislative Branch

Unicameral House of Assembly (13 elected seats and 1 non-voting ex officio member in the attorney general; members are elected by direct popular vote, 1 member from each of nine electoral districts, 4 at-large members; members serve four-year terms)

Elections: last held on 7 November 2011 (next to be held in 2015)

Election results: percent of vote by party - VIP 39.0% (4 seats), NDP 52.5% (9 seats), independents 3.4%

Judicial Branch Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, consisting of the High Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal (one judge of the Supreme Court is a resident of the islands and presides over the High Court); Magistrate's Court; Juvenile Court; Court of Summary Jurisdiction
Country Studies
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Australian Government - British Virgin Islands
Country profile, economic and trade information, and foreign relations from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
BBC News Territory Profile - British Virgin Islands
A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.
CIA World Factbook - British Virgin Islands
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.
Country Health Profile - British Virgin Islands
Information, health situation analysis, and statistics about countries in the Americas.
ITC - British Virgin Islands
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).
Library of Congress Portals to the World - British Virgin Islands
Country portal and resources compiled by Library of Congress subject experts.
UNdata Country Profile - British Virgin Islands
Provides summary, economic, social, and environmental statistics from the United Nations Statistics Division.
UNESCO Communication & Information - British Virgin Islands
Country profile, news and links to related projects and websites.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics - British Virgin Islands
A selection of national statistics on education, literacy, science and technology, culture, and communication.
United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office - British Virgin Islands
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.
United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - British Virgin Islands
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.
U.S. Commercial Service - Caribbean Region
Regional profile about doing business in the Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Curacao / Aruba, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles, St. Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks, and Caicos Islands) by the Commercial Service, the global business solutions unit of the Department of Commerce.
U.S. Department of Energy - British Virgin Islands
Country energy profile for production, consumption, U.S. oil imports, and CO2 emissions.
Diplomacy and Aid
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CARICOM - British Virgin Islands
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was established by the Treaty of Chaguaramas in 1973. It is a regional organization dedicated to improving development, trade and economics, international competitiveness and economic leverage, coordination of foreign economic policies, and standards of living and work.
Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
The Delegations of the External Service serve European Union interests throughout the Eastern Caribbean (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines).
European Union Relations with the British Virgin Islands
Overview, country strategy, agreements, and documents on the European Union's relations with the British Virgin Islands.
OECS - British Virgin Islands
The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states include Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands are associate members.
ReliefWeb - British Virgin Islands
ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news, documents, maps, and background information on emergency assistance by country.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
News, operations, statistics, background, analysis and policy, and maps from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Select British Virgin Islands from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the right.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Barbados and the OECS Subregional Office
UNDP helps countries work toward human rights, democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, energy and environment for sustainable development, and HIV/AIDS prevention. UNDP Barbados is a subregional, multi-country office that serves the Member States of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Christopher and Nevis (also called St. Kitts and Nevis), Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines).
United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA) - British Virgin Islands
"UKOTA exists to promote the interests of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories and co-operation between them. Specifically UKOTA demonstrates the collective and individual partnerships between the territories and Her Majesty's Government."
Media
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Country Profile TELEVISION
  • Virgin Islands TV Network (VITV) - private
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Country Profile RADIO
  • ZBVI- private, mediumwave (AM)
  • ZROD- private, FM
  • Z-Wave - private, FM
  • Z-Hit - private, FM
  • Z-Gold - private, FM
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