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U.S. Virgin Islands Country Guide

Explore U.S. Virgin Islands in North America

U.S. Virgin Islands with the capital city Charlotte Amalie is located in North America (Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean). It covers some 353 square kilometres (twice the size of Washington, DC) with 108,708 citizens.

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The landscape offers mostly hilly to rugged and mountainous with little level land. The average density of population is approximately 309 per km². The notable climate conditions in U.S. Virgin Islands can be described as subtropical, tempered by easterly trade winds, relatively low humidity, little seasonal temperature variation with rainy season September to November. Potential threats by nature are several hurricanes in recent years or frequent and severe droughts and floods or occasional earthquakes.

To reach someone in U.S. Virgin Islands dial +1-340 prior to a number. There are 75,000 installed telephones. And there are 80,300 registered mobile phones. The cellular networks commonly support frequencies of Mhz. Websites registered in this country end with the top level domain ".vi".

About the flag and history of U.S. Virgin Islands

White field with a modified US coat of arms in the center between the large blue initials V and I; the coat of arms shows a yellow eagle holding an olive branch in its right talon and three arrows in the left with a superimposed shield of seven red and six white vertical stripes below a blue panel; white is a symbol of purity, the letters stand for the Virgin Islands.

During the 17th century, the archipelago was divided into two territorial units, one English and the other Danish. Sugarcane, produced by African slave labor, drove the islands'' economy during the 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1917, the US purchased the Danish portion, which had been in economic decline since the abolition of slavery in 1848.

National administrative regions of U.S. Virgin Islands


Geography Quick-Facts

Summary Continent: North America
Capital: Charlotte Amalie
Size 352 square kilometers (km² or sqkm) or 136 square miles (mi² or sqmi)
twice the size of Washington, DC
Population 108,708
Currency Name: Dollar, Currency Code: USD
Country Top Level Domain (cTLD) .vi
Telephone Country Prefix +1-340
Mobile Phone Connections 80,300
Landline Phone Connections 75,000

Country Position in World Rankings

Information about single country attributes and how these compare against the rest of the world. The information below is compiled with data from 2013. As such, it may differ a bit to the Information above in the text (which is from 2010).

Geography

Value name Value World Rank
Area 1,910 (sq km) 182

People and Society

Value name Value World Rank
Population 104,737 193
Population growth rate -0.53 (%) 224
Birth rate 10.69 (births/1,000 population) 181
Death rate 7.95 (deaths/1,000 population) 103
Net migration rate -8.01 (migrant(s)/1,000 population) 203
Infant mortality rate 6.94 (deaths/1,000 live births) 163
Life expectancy at birth 79.61 (years) 40
Total fertility rate 1.77 (children born/woman) 160

Economy

Value name Value World Rank
GDP (purchasing power parity) 1,577,000,000 196
GDP - real growth rate 2.00 (%) 132
GDP - per capita (PPP) 14,500 92
Labor force 49,820 192
Unemployment rate 6.20 (%) 61
Inflation rate (consumer prices) 2.20 (%) 40
Exports 4,234,000,000 121
Imports 4,609,000,000 134

Energy

Value name Value World Rank
Electricity - production 872,000,000 (kWh) 151
Electricity - consumption 811,000,000 (kWh) 155
Electricity - installed generating capacity 323000 (kW) 148
Electricity - from fossil fuels 100.0 (% of total installed capacity) 43
Crude oil - imports 425,000 (bbl/day) 20
Refined petroleum products - production 493,200 (bbl/day) 33
Refined petroleum products - consumption 106,100 (bbl/day) 78
Refined petroleum products - exports 390,000 (bbl/day) 21
Refined petroleum products - imports 5,180 (bbl/day) 155
Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy 11,950,000 (Mt) 97

Communications

Value name Value World Rank
Telephones - main lines in use 75,800 154
Telephones - mobile cellular 80,300 196
Internet hosts 4,790 146
Internet users 30,000 181

Transportation

Value name Value World Rank
Airports 2 207
Roadways 1,260 (km) 179

Data based on CIA facts book 2010 & 2013, wikipedia, national statistical offices and their census releases

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