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The Bahamas

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(Reguidit frae Bahamas)

Coordinates: 24°15′N 76°00′W / 24.250°N 76.000°W / 24.250; -76.000

Commonweel o the Bahamas

Banner o The Bahamas
Coat o airms o The Bahamas
Coat o airms
Motto: "Forward, Upward, Onward, Together"

Location o The Bahamas
and largest city
25°4′N 77°20′W / 25.067°N 77.333°W / 25.067; -77.333
Offeecial leidsInglis
Recognised regional leidsBahamian Creole[a]
Ethnic groups
90.6% African
4.7% European
2.1% Mixed
1.9% ither[1][2]
GovrenmentUnitary pairlamentar
constitutional monarchy[3][4]
• Monarch
Charles III
Cornelius A. Smith
Philip Davis
Hoose o Assemmly
• frae the Unitit Kinrick
10 Julie 1973[5]
• Total
13,878 km2 (5,358 sq mi) (155th)
• Water (%)
• 2016 estimate
391,232[6] (177t)
• 2010 census
• Density
25.21/km2 (65.3/sq mi) (181st)
GDP (PPP)2017 estimate
• Total
$9.374 billion[7]
• Per capita
GDP (nominal)2017 estimate
• Tot
$9.172 billion[7]
• Per capita
Gini (2001)57[8]
HDI (2014)Increase 0.790[9]
heich · 55th
CurrencyBahamian dollar (BSD)
(US dollars widely accepted)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
• Summer (DST)
Drivin sidecaur
Cawin code+1 242
ISO 3166 codeBS
Internet TLD.bs
  1. ^ An aa referred tae as Bahamian dialect or Bahamianese[10]
Territorial organization

The Bahamas (pronounced /ðə bəˈhɑːməz/ (deprecatit template)), offeecially the Commonweel o the Bahamas, is a kintra consistin o 29 islands, 661 cays, an 2,387 islets (rocks).[11][12] It is locatit in the Atlantic Ocean north o Cuba an Hispaniola (Dominican Republic an Haiti), northwast o the Turks an Caicos Islands, an sootheast o the Unitit States (nearest tae the state o Florida). Its total land aurie is 13,939 km2 (5,382 sq mi), wi an estimatit population o 330,000. Its caipital is Nassau. Geographically, the Bahamas lie in the same island chain as Cuba, Hispaniola an the Turks an Caicos Islands; the designation o Bahamas refers normally tae the commonweel an no the geographic chain.[13]


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  1. Bahamas, The Archived 2010-04-02 at the Wayback Machine. CIA World Factbook.
  2. Bahamas Department of Statistics Archived 2015-12-09 at the Wayback Machine, PDF document retrieved 20 April 2014.
  3. "•GENERAL SITUATION AND TRENDS". Pan American Health Organization. Archived frae the original on 27 Apryle 2014. Retrieved 9 Februar 2018.
  4. "Mission to Long Island in the Bahamas". Evangelical Association of the Caribbean. Archived frae the original on 4 Mairch 2016. Retrieved 9 Februar 2018.
  5. "1973: Bahamas' sun sets on British Empire". BBC News. 9 Julie 1973. Retrieved 1 Mey 2009.
  6. "World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision". ESA.UN.org (custom data acquired via website). United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  7. a b c d "The Bahamas". International Monetary Fund.
  8. "Bahamas Living Conditions Survey 2001" (PDF). Department of Statistics. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  9. "2015 Human Development Report Summary" (PDF). United Nations Development Programme. 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  10. Ethnologue - Bahamas: Languages (18th ed.)
  11. "Home - Office of the Prime Minister" (in Inglis). 29 October 2020. Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  12. "Cat Island, Bahamas". eol.jsc.nasa.gov. Retrieved 7 September 2022.
  13. "Bahamas: the country profile". The Commonwealth yearbook. Commonwealth Secretariat. London: Hanson Cooke Ltd for the Commonwealth Secretariat. ISBN 978-1-908609-19-9. OCLC 1101219008.CS1 maint: others (link)