Bahamas – Country Information
|Official name||Commonwealth of the Bahamas|
|Population||351 461 (2010)|
|Foundation of a state||10. 7. 1973|
|The highest mountains||highest point 61 m|
|State system||constitutional monarchy with a bicameral parliament|
|The biggest cities||Nassau (Capital) 185,000, Freeport/Lucaya 28,000|
|Ethnicity/National Composition||blacks 80%, mixed race 10%, whites 10%|
|Religious affiliation||Anglicans 20%, other Protestants 56%, Roman Catholics 18%, others 6%|
|Currency||1 Bahamian dollar (B$) = 100 cents|
|gross domestic product (GDP)||US$31,324 (2012)|
|Average life expectancy of the population||65.60 let (2006)|
|Structure of GDP||agriculture, forestry and fishing 4%, mining and industry 11%, construction 3%, services 82%|
According to Abbreviationfinder, the Bahamas form an extensive archipelago in the western part of the Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida and north of Cuba.
Time zone: CET – 6 (during summer time CET – 7)
Total area: 13,880 km²
Land area: 10,010 km²
Water area: 3,870 km²
Length of the state border: 0 km
Coastline: 3,542 km
Acklins Islands, Berry Islands, Bimini, Black Point, Cat Island, Central Abaco, Central Andros, Central Eleuthera, City of Freeport, Crooked Island and Long Cay, East Grand Bahama, Exuma, Grand Cay, Harbor Island, Hope Town, Inagua, Long Island, Mangrove Cay, Mayaguana, Moore’s Island, North Abaco, North Andros, North Eleuthera, Ragged Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador, South Abaco, South Andros, South Eleuthera, Spanish Wells, West Grand Bahama
Electric current: 120 V / 60 Hz
Telephone code: 00 1242 (Source: Allcitycodes)
Highest point: Mount Alvernia (Cat Island) 63 m
Population: approx. 320,000 residents (Countryaah, 2021)
Population growth: 0.9% per year
Population density (residents per km²): 23
Life expectancy: 69 (male), 74 (female)
Official language: English
- 70% Protestants
- 12% Roman Catholic
- 18% other
The whole year round there is a subtropical climate with moderate trade winds. In the period from September to November, stronger storms also occur.
The average annual temperature is 24-29 ° C with minor fluctuations. The water is also pleasantly warm at around 25-28 ° C in summer.
Currency / finance
Currency unit: Bahamian dollar (BSD)
Division: 1 dollar = 100 cents
ATMs: are available in major cities.
International credit cards: These are accepted by many hotels and shops.
Regulations: There is no limit to the amount of foreign currencies that can be imported and exported.
The export of the local currency is limited to an amount of 70 BSD. In order to be able to import the local currency into the Bahamas, you must be able to present a permit from the Central Bank of the Bahamas!
Since the US dollar (as a second currency) can be used to pay in almost all shops, it is recommended to carry it with you as a foreign currency.
The following may be carried duty-free:
- 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 450 g of tobacco
- 1 liter of alcoholic beverages
(Information applies to people aged 18 and over)
Tourists and people in transit can bring items of personal use with them duty-free.
There is currently no country-specific safety notice for the Bahamas.
With more than 3 million guests per year (and the trend is rising), tourism is the Bahamas’ strongest industry.
Due to the many tax breaks, many banks and companies have settled in the Bahamas and thus form the second largest economic share.
Industries: banking, fish processing, tourism
Natural resources: fish, wood, salt
- Usable land: 1%
- Grain cultivation: 0%
- Pasture area: 0%
- Forests: 32%
- other: 67%
By utilizing many islands, there are only vast savannas and plains overgrown with grasses and bushes. Few islands still have forests made up of pine, mangrove and pine trees.
Few animal species live in the Bahamas. In the Inagua National Park you can still observe various iguanas and flamingos.
In contrast, fish and small animals are particularly rich in species in the waters around the Bahamas.