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First inhabited by Arawak and later by Carib Indians, the Virgin Islands were settled by the Dutch in 1648 and then annexed by the English in 1672. The islands were part of the British colony of the Leeward Islands from 1872-1960; they were granted autonomy in 1967. The economy is closely tied to the larger and more populous US Virgin Islands to the west; the US dollar is the legal currency.


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People And Society

Nationality
Noun British Virgin Islander(s)
Adjective British Virgin Islander

Ethnic groups
Black 82%, white 6.8%, other 11.2% (includes Indian and mixed) (2008)

Languages
English (official)

Religions
Protestant 84% (Methodist 33%, Anglican 17%, Church of God 9%, Seventh-Day Adventist 6%, Baptist 4%, other 15%), Roman Catholic 10%, Jehovah's Witnesses 2%, other 2%, none 2% (1991)

Population World Ranking: 214
31,148 (July 2012 est.)

Age structure
0-14 years
19.6% (male 2,526/female 2,457)
15-64 years
74.1% (male 9,631/female 9,174)
65 years and over
6.3% (male 827/female 768) (2011 est.)

Median age
Total 35 years
Male 35 years
Female 35.1 years (2012 est.)

Population growth rate World Ranking: 30
2.443% (2012 est.)

Birth rate World Ranking: 179
10.69 births/1,000 population (2012 est.)

Death rate World Ranking: 190
4.82 deaths/1,000 population (July 2012 est.)

Net migration rate World Ranking: 3
18.56 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2012 est.)

Urbanization
Urban population 41% of total population (2010)
Rate of urbanization
1.7% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)

Major cities - population
ROAD TOWN (capital) 9,000 (2009)

Sex ratio
At birth 1.06 male(s)/female
Under 15 years 0.96 male(s)/female
15-64 years 0.92 male(s)/female
65 years and over 0.95 male(s)/female
Total population
0.93 male(s)/female (2011 est.)

Infant mortality rate World Ranking: 121
Total 14.43 deaths/1,000 live births
Male 16.41 deaths/1,000 live births
Female
12.36 deaths/1,000 live births (2012 est.)

Life expectancy at birth World Ranking: 57
Total population 77.95 years
Male 76.73 years
Female 79.24 years (2012 est.)

Total fertility rate World Ranking: 218
1.22 children born/woman (2012 est.)

Hiv/aids - adult prevalence rate
NA

Hiv/aids - people living with hiv/aids
NA

Hiv/aids - deaths
NA

Education expenditures World Ranking: 124
3.2% of GDP (2007)

Literacy
Definition
Age 15 and over can read and write
Total population 97.8%
Male NA
Female NA (1991 est.)

School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education)
Total 15 years
Male 15 years
Female 16 years (2009)


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