Last updated on June 6th, 2016 at 06:05 am
The Bahamas, officially the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, is an island country. The Bahamas became a British Crown colony in 1718, when the British clamped down on piracy. In terms of gross domestic product per capita, the Bahamas is one of the richest countries in the Americas.
Interesting facts about the Bahamas island, food, underwater caves and more…
1. The most popular seafood on the island is Conch.
2. Only 30 of the total 700 islands in the Bahamas are inhabited. New Providence is a populated island in Bahamas with a population over two hundred thousand.
3. While the country drives on the left, you can surprisingly find some cars with steering on the left side while some with steering on the right side.
4. The Bahamas is one of the two countries whose official name begins with the word “the”. Wondering which is the other? It is “the Gambia”.
5. The Bahamas is right on the edge of the infamous Bermuda Triangle.
6. The Bahamas have a magnificent underwater cave system. The sea was 250 feet low than its present level during the glacial period. Acid rain eroded the limestone in the island and lead to the formation of vertical and horizontal caves.
7. On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus is believed to have landed on the island.
8. Slave trade was the main economic enterprise on the island after the departure of the first royal governor of the island – Captain Woodes Rogers. Slavery ended in the island nation in 1838.
9. ‘Lynden O’ became the country’s first prime minister after it gained independence on 10th July, 1973.
10. During 1980s, the island became an established site for drug trade. Reportedly, almost 90% of the cocaine entered the United States passing through the Bahamas.
11. ‘Hubert Ingraham’ became the prime minister of the Bahamas in 1992 and served another consecutive term in the chair. During his governance, he emphasized on job creation and economic development of the country.
12. The Bahamas signed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) on 4 February, 2005.
13. There is no railway on the island and the road network on larger islands stretches to 2,693 km of highways.
Facts about hurricanes, economy, tourism and more…
14. Extensive damage was caused to the island by hurricane Floyd and the nation saw a dip in tourism.
15. Year 2004 – and the Bahamas is hit by another furious hurricane: Hurricane Frances, causing widespread damage to living and non-living.
16. Things have not settled yet and they saw another monster hurricane in the island; tearing houses apart, uprooting trees, tossing automobiles and battering homes. However, the island is ready to shine again and make a comeback as strong as needed to forget the pain and the devastation caused by the natural disaster.
17. The Bahamas is an import-oriented economy. However, substantial tourism activities, and financial services provided by the country bring in a lot of foreign exchange to balance the economy. Bahamas economy is said to be developing and stable by CIA.
18. The Bahamas has the world’s third largest registry of ships.
19. There is only one stock exchange in the Bahamas – The Bahamas International Stock Exchange (BISX).
20. There is no income or sale tax for Bahamas residents. Majority of government revenue comes from tariffs and import fees.
21. The Bahamas government provides maternity grant for each live birth, and a 13-week maternity benefit.
22. Tourism makes about 40-45% of the nation’s economy. It has excellent beaches, flora, fauna and many recreational and resort facilities.
23. Gambling is made legal for non-Bahamians visiting the Bahamas.
24. Tourist from the United States and Canada are not required to carry their passports to the Bahamas for a stay of less than three weeks. Every year millions of visitors to the country spend billions of dollars. The average cost per day of staying on the island varied depending on the season and location. You can expect to spend between $30 and $400 per day during your visit to the island.
25. The Bahamian dollar is equal to the U.S. dollar and you can easily use the U.S. dollars across the island as they are freely accepted as cash. However, the U.S. does not accept Bahamian dollars on its retail counters. You will have to exchange the currency or spend it in the Bahamas before you leave the country.
26. Bahamians watch same TV channels as the Americans do. They have a few local shows, though.
Quick facts about the Bahamas
|Total area||13,880 sq km|
|Population||324,597 (estimate 2015)|
|Borders||Cuba, Haiti, the United States, and Turks and Caicos Islands (UK)|
|Currency||Bahamian dollar (BSD)|
(US dollars widely accepted)
|Life expectancy||72.2 Years (2012)|
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
|Climate||tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream|
|Terrain||long, flat coral formations with some low rounded hills|
|Natural resources||salt, aragonite, timber, arable land|
|Birth rate||15.5 births/1,000 population (2015 est.)|
|Death rate||7.05 deaths/1,000 population (2015 est.)|
|Sex ratio||0.96 male(s)/female (2015 est.)|
|Independence||10 July 1973 (from the UK)|
|National symbol||blue marlin, flamingo, Yellow Elder flower; national colors: aquamarine, yellow, black|
|National anthem||"March On, Bahamaland!"|
|Industries||tourism, banking, oil bunkering, maritime industries, transshipment, salt, rum, aragonite, pharmaceuticals|
|Exports||$976.1 million (2015 est.)|
crawfish, aragonite, crude salt, polystyrene products
|Imports||$2.65 billion (2015 est.)|
machinery and transport equipment, manufactures, chemicals, mineral fuels; food and live animals
|GDP - per capita (PPP)||$25,200 (2015 est.)|
|Time Zone||EST (UTC−5)|
|Internet country code||.bs|
percent of population: 78% (July 2015 est.)
|Calling Code||+1 242|
|Drives on the||Left|