British Virgin Islands

Official nameVirgin Islands
Name in local languageBritish Virgin Islands (en)
Population (ranking: 232e)32,944 inhabitants (2019)
Population growth2.27 % / year
Area151 km²
Density218.17 inhabitants / km²
GDP (ranking: 209e)1.027 billions $USD (2017)
GDP/capita (ranking)34,246 $USD (2017)
GDP growth3.20 % / year (2017)
Life expectancy (ranking)77.37 years (2017)
Birth rate7.46 ‰ (2017)
Fertility rate0.86 children / woman (2017)
Death rate (ranking)4.72 ‰ (2017)
Infant mortality rate (ranking)20.32 ‰ (2017)
Literacy rate100.00 % (2019)
Official languagesEnglish
CurrencyUnited States dollar ($ USD)
HDI (ranking: 11e)0.945 / 1 (2008)
EPI (ranking)0.00 (2018)
GovernmentBritish Overseas Territory
Head of StateQueen Elizabeth II ; Governor Augustus Jaspert
National Day3 July
DemonymVirgin Islander, British
Tourists (ranking)335,000 people (2017)
Îles Vierges britanniques – petite
A paradise for dirty money and traffickers

The British Virgin Islands are an archipelago of the West Indies and an overseas territory of the United Kingdom. They gather about fifty islands, of which 16 are inhabited. They are located to the east of the Virgin Islands of the United States.

Road Town, Tortola, îles Vierges britanniques
Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Photo: Henry A-W
White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, îles Vierges britanniques
White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
Peter Island, îles Vierges britanniques
Peter Island, British Virgin Islands
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Urban areas (2019)
Urban areasPopulation
Road Town24,045 inhabitants
Spanish Town3,930 inhabitants
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Administrative divisions
Anegada204 inhabitants38 km²
Jost Van Dyke298 inhabitants8 km²
Tortola24,045 inhabitants56 km²
Virgin Gorda3,930 inhabitants21 km²
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See also