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 United States Virgin Islands
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Area: 346 sq km
Population: 109,750 (June 2010)
Capital City: Charlotte Amalie
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Overview
Government Type Unincorporated territory of the United States
Independence None (territory of the US)
Constitution Revised Organic Act of 22 July 1954
Legal system Based on US laws
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal; island residents are US citizens but do not vote in US presidential elections
Executive Branch

The executive power of the Virgin Islands is vested in the Governor who, together with the Lieutenant Governor, is elected by qualified Virgin Islands voters for a four-year term.  The Governor is limited to two consecutive terms.

Head of state: President Donald J. TRUMP (since 20 January 2017); Vice President Michael R. PENCE (since 20 January 2017)

Head of government: Governor Kenneth MAPP (since 5 January 2015), Lieutenant Governor Osbert POTTER (since 5 January 2015)

Cabinet:Territorial Cabinet appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate

Elections: under the US Constitution, residents of unincorporated territories, such as the Virgin Islands, do not vote in elections for US president and vice president; however, they may vote in the Democratic and Republican presidential primary elections; governor and lieutenant governor elected on the same ticket by popular vote for four-year terms (eligible for a second term); election last held on 2 November 2010 (next to be held in November 2014)

Election results: Kenneth MAPP elected Governor; percent of vote in runoff - Kenneth MAPP (independent) 63.9%, Donna CHRISTIAN-CHRISTIANSEN (Democratic Party) 36.1%

Legislative Branch

The legislative power of the Virgin Islands is vested in a unicameral legislature consisting of 15 senators: seven from St. Croix, seven from St. Thomas, and one Senator-at-Large who must be a resident of St. John. Members of the Senate are directly elected in single- and multi-seat constituencies by simple majority popular vote to serve 2-year terms.

Elections: last held on 4 November 2014 (next to be held on 8 November 2016)

Election results:percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - NA

Delegate to Congress.   The Virgin Islands are represented in the United States House of Representatives by a non-voting delegate elected by Virgin Islands voters.  The delegate serves a two-year term and can sit and vote in committee. The delegate can vote when serving on a committee and when the House meets as the Committee of the Whole House, but not when legislation is submitted for a “full floor” House vote; election of delegate last held on 4 November 2014 (next to be held on 8 November 2016)

Judicial Branch

The judicial power of the Virgin Islands is vested in District Court of the Virgin Islands, Supreme Court and Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.

  • The District Court of the Virgin Islands functions as a United States Federal district court in all causes arising under the Constitution, treaties, and laws of the United States.  Appeals from the decisions of the District Court of the Virgin Islands are made to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit which is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • The Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands functions as an appellate court for appeals from the decisions of the Superior Court.
Country Studies
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CIA World Factbook - U.S. Virgin Islands
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.
ITC - U.S. Virgin Islands
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).
Library of Congress - U.S. Virgin Islands
Country portal and resources compiled by the Library of Congress subject experts.
National Network of Libraries of Medicine - U.S. Virgin Islands
United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - U.S. Virgin Islands
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.
U.S. Department of Energy - U.S. Virgin Islands
Country energy profile for production, consumption, U.S. oil imports, and CO2 emissions.
Diplomacy and Aid
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ReliefWeb - U.S. 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 Virgin Islands from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the right.
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