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Bermuda was first settled in 1609 by shipwrecked English colonists headed for Virginia. Tourism to the island to escape North American winters first developed in Victorian times. Tourism continues to be important to the island's economy, although international business has overtaken it in recent years. Bermuda has also developed into a highly successful offshore financial center. A referendum on independence from the UK was soundly defeated in 1995.


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Communications

Telephones - main lines in use World Ranking: 157
57,800 (2010)

Telephones - mobile cellular World Ranking: 190
88,200 (2010)

Telephone system
General assessment
A good, fully automatic digital telephone system with fiber-optic trunk lines
Domestic
The system has a high fixed-line teledensity coupled with a mobile-cellular teledensity of roughly 125 per 100 persons
International
Country code - 1-441; landing points for the GlobeNet, Gemini Bermuda, and the Challenger Bermuda-1 (CB-1)submarine cables; satellite earth stations - 3 (2009)

Broadcast media
3 TV stations; cable and satellite TV subscription services are available; roughly 10 radio stations operating (2007)

Internet country code
.bm

Internet hosts World Ranking: 119
20,527 (2010)

Internet users World Ranking: 172
54,000 (2009)


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Bermuda [ United Kingdom ] (Overseas Territory):


GPS points from Bermuda [ United Kingdom ] (Overseas Territory)

Hamilton Parish Hamilton Parish

Cock Rock Cut Saint George's Parish

Main Island Bermuda (general)

North Basin Sandys Parish

Sandys Parish Sandys

Lefroy Island Pembroke Parish

Burt's Island Warwick Parish

Sugar Cane Point Sandys Parish




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