Bahamas
in Caribbean
North America

National active POI
Location Summary
Currency and Currency Code:
Dollar - BSD
Spoken languages:
English
Local electricity:
120 V - 60 Hz (plugs: A, B)
Mobile phone / cellular frequencies (MHz):
1900 MHz, 3G, 4G
ISO 2-Letter code:
BS
Internet top level domain:
.bs
Country phone prefix:
+1-242
Local Time (capital):
Timezone:
UTC/GMT offset: hours

Explore Bahamas

Bahamas with its capital Nassau is located in North America (chain of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida). It covers some 13,881 square kilometers (slightly smaller than Connecticut) with 329,988 citizens. English is the language commonly spoken used in Bahamas. This country shares no land borders with another country.

The Bahamas (or The Bahama Islands) is an archipelago consisting of many islands. There are about 2,000 islands if you include the cays which are small islands that are formed on coral reefs. The word Bahamas is of Spanish decent and means Shallow Water. Several cruise lines operate private island retreats in the Bahamas. Disney Cruise Line owns Castaway Cay, Norweigan Cruise Line owns Great Stirrup Cay, Princess Cruise Line owns Little Stirrup Cay, and Royal Caribbean owns Coco Cay. To visit these islands you usually have to be a passenger on the cruise line that owns the island. Seeing as though the water is a big part of the Bahamas, it’s the perfect condition for water sports, kiteboarding, kayaking, deep-sea fishing, bonefishing, waverunners, island boat tours, wild dolphin excursions and even shark encounters. Averaging 80°F year-round, it’s like warm bath water. Bahamas' beaches are an attraction in itself but Bahamas is known for also possessing landmarks - explore them now.

Popular Destinations in Bahamas

Administrative regions of Bahamas

About the country

Official logo of Bahamas tourism

Website: Bahamas Tourism

The landscape is long, flat coral formations with some low rounded hills. The average density of population is about 24 per km². The climate in Bahamas can be described as tropical marine with moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream. Potential threats by nature are hurricanes and other tropical storms cause extensive flood and wind damage.

To reach someone Bahamas dial +1-242 prior to a number. The local cellular networks are operated on 1900 MHz, 3G, 4G. Websites typically end with the top level domain ".bs". If you want to bring electric appliances (e.g. battery chaarger), keep in min the local 120 V - 60 Hz (plugs: A, B). The sign for the locally used currency Dollar is BSD.

Three equal horizontal bands of aquamarine (top), gold, and aquamarine, with a black equilateral triangle based on the hoist side; the band colors represent the golden beaches of the islands surrounded by the aquamarine sea; black represents the vigor and force of a united people, while the pointing triangle indicates the enterprise and determination of the Bahamian people to develop the rich resources of land and sea.

Flag of Bahamas

Lucayan Indians inhabited the islands when Christopher COLUMBUS first set foot in the New World on San Salvador in 1492. British settlement of the islands began in 1647; the islands became a colony in 1783. Piracy thrived in the 17th and 18th centuries because of The Bahamas close proximity to shipping lanes. Since attaining independence from the UK in 1973, The Bahamas has prospered through tourism, international banking, and investment management. Because of its location, the country is a major transshipment point for illegal drugs, particularly shipments to the US and Europe, and its territory is used for smuggling illegal migrants into the US.

Geography

Area
Total (World Rank: 161) 13,880sq km
Land (World Rank: 167) 10,010sq km
Water (World Rank: 75) 3,870sq km
Forest (World Rank: 200) 0.20%
Comparative slightly smaller than Connecticut
Coastline
3542
Elevation
Highest point (World Rank: 227) 64m
Agricultural land
Total (World Rank: 218) 1.40%
Arable (World Rank: 201) 0.80%
Permanent crops (World Rank: 154) 0.40%
Permanent pastures (World Rank: 200) 0.20%
Irrigated land (World Rank: 170) 10sq km
Map reference
Central America and the Caribbean
Environment
Issues
  • - coral reef decay
  • - solid waste disposal
Agreement party
  • - Biodiversity
  • - Climate Change
  • - Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol
  • - Desertification
  • - Endangered Species
  • - Hazardous Wastes
  • - Law of the Sea
  • - Ozone Layer Protection
  • - Ship Pollution
  • - Wetlands
Hazzards hurricanes and other tropical storms cause extensive flood and wind damage
Location
chain of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida, northeast of Cuba
Climate
tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream
Terrain
long, flat coral formations with some low rounded hills

People

Population
Total (World Rank: 178) 329,988
Deathrate (World Rank: 125) 0.72%
Birthrate (World Rank: 123) 1.53%
Growthrate (World Rank: 127) 0.81%
Fertility rate (World Rank: 125) 1.94%
Median age
Male (World Rank: 102) 30.90
Female (World Rank: 92) 33.20
Age structure
0 14 male (World Rank: 178) 37,760
0 14 female (World Rank: 178) 36,667
15 24 male (World Rank: 177) 27,415
15 24 female (World Rank: 177) 26,703
25 54 male (World Rank: 176) 73,016
25 54 female (World Rank: 176) 72,626
55 64 male (World Rank: 178) 13,647
55 64 female (World Rank: 175) 16,567
65 x male (World Rank: 179) 9,843
65 x female (World Rank: 173) 15,744
Health
Infant mortality rate (World Rank: 124) 1.13%
Life expectancy total (World Rank: 143) 73years
Life expectancy female (World Rank: 145) 75years
Life expectancy male (World Rank: 139) 70years
Physicians per 1000 (World Rank: 52) 2.72
Hospital bed per 1000 (World Rank: 77) 2.90
Sanitation access total (World Rank: 87) 92.00%
Obesity adult (World Rank: 21) 31.60%
Drinking water access (World Rank: 73) 98.40%

Energy

Electricity
Production (World Rank: 140) 1,807,000,000kWh
Consumption (World Rank: 146) 1,681,000,000kWh
Source fossil (World Rank: 28) 99.80%
Source renew (World Rank: 156) 0.20%
Refined products
Consumption (World Rank: 128) 24,000bbl / day
Export (World Rank: 106) 923bbl / day
Import (World Rank: 103) 26,330bbl / day
Carbon footprint
4100000

Nation

Budget
Health (World Rank: 61) 8% of GDP
Surplus (World Rank: 157) -6% of GDP
National symbol
Yellow Elder flower
National colours
yellow
Adjective
Bahamian
Noun
Bahamian(s)
Background
Lucayan Indians inhabited the islands when Christopher COLUMBUS first set foot in the New World on San Salvador in 1492. British settlement of the islands began in 1647; the islands became a colony in 1783. Piracy thrived in the 17th and 18th centuries because of The Bahamas close proximity to shipping lanes. Since attaining independence from the UK in 1973, The Bahamas has prospered through tourism, international banking, and investment management. Because of its location, the country is a major transshipment point for illegal drugs, particularly shipments to the US and Europe, and its territory is used for smuggling illegal migrants into the US.
Flag description
three equal horizontal bands of aquamarine (top), gold, and aquamarine, with a black equilateral triangle based on the hoist side; the band colors represent the golden beaches of the islands surrounded by the aquamarine sea; black represents the vigor and force of a united people, while the pointing triangle indicates the enterprise and determination of the Bahamian people to develop the rich resources of land and sea

Economy

Gdp
Purchasing power parity (World Rank: 161) 9,017,000,000USD
Real growth rate (World Rank: 188) -0.30%
Per capita purchasing power parity (World Rank: 77) 24,500USD
Source agriculture (World Rank: 173) 2.20%
Source industry (World Rank: 210) 7.60%
Source service (World Rank: 8) 90.10%
Labourforce
Total (World Rank: 170) 196,900
In poverty (World Rank: 151) 9.30%
Products
Industries
  • - aragonite
  • - banking
  • - logistics
  • - maritime industries
  • - oil bunkering
  • - pharmaceuticals
  • - salt
  • - tourism
  • - transshipment
Agriculture
  • - citrus
  • - poultry
  • - vegetables
Exports
  • - aragonite
  • - crude salt
  • - polystyrene products
  • - Rock lobster
Imports
  • - chemicals
  • - food
  • - live animals
  • - machinery
  • - manufactures
  • - mineral fuels
  • - transport equipment

Communication

Phone
Landline total (World Rank: 137) 121,088
Landline per 100 (World Rank: 46) 37.00
Mobile per 100 (World Rank: 104) 110.00
Assessment 0
Internet
Users (World Rank: 163) 261,853
Population (World Rank: 43) 80.00%

Transport

Air
Airports paved (World Rank: 71) 24.00
Airports unpaved (World Rank: 74) 37.00
Heliports (World Rank: 105) 1.00
Road
Total length (World Rank: 170) 2,700
Paved length (World Rank: 132) 1,620
Unpaved length (World Rank: 122) 1,080