59 sq mi (153 sq km)
Population (2006 est.):
Capital (2003 est.):
Road Town (on Tortola): 9,100
mostly Methodist (45%), Anglican (21%) and Roman Catholic (6%)
AC 110V/60Hz, American two-pin plugs are used
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is a British overseas territory in the Caribbean, made up of around 60 islands and islets, from which only 16 are inhabited. BVI are situated northeast of Puerto Rico and and west of the Leeward Islands. The largest island is Tortola, 20 km (12 miles) long and 5 km (3 miles) wide. Other major ones are: Virgin Gorda, Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, Cooper Island and Salt Island.
British Virgin Islands attract many tourists with their beautiful white sand beaches, green mountains, national parks and great choice of accommodation. BVI are popular destination for sailing enthusiasts, who can enjoy year-round winds and exceptional conditions. Also scuba divers can find extensive coral reefs and shipwrecks in BVI waters to explore.
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