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 Virgin Islands
Administrative divisions none (territory of the US); there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are three islands at the second order; Saint Croix, Saint John, Saint Thomas
Age structure 0-14 years: 21.8% (male 11,897/female 11,696)

15-64 years: 66.5% (male 34,204/female 37,911)

65 years and over: 11.7% (male 5,642/female 7,098) (2007 est.)
Agriculture - products fruit, vegetables, sorghum; Senepol cattle
Airports 2 (2007)
Airports - with paved runways total: 2

over 3,047 m: 1

1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (2007)
Area total: 1,910 sq km

land: 346 sq km

water: 1,564 sq km
Area - comparative twice the size of Washington, DC
Background During the 17th century, the archipelago was divided into two territorial units, one English and the other Danish. Sugarcane, produced by slave labor, drove the islands' economy during the 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1917, the US purchased the Danish portion, which had been in economic decline since the abolition of slavery in 1848.
Birth rate 13.68 births/1,000 population (2007 est.)
Budget revenues: $NA

expenditures: $NA
Capital name: Charlotte Amalie

geographic coordinates: 18 21 N, 64 56 W

time difference: UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Climate subtropical, tempered by easterly trade winds, relatively low humidity, little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season September to November
Coastline 188 km
Constitution Revised Organic Act of 22 July 1954
Country name conventional long form: United States Virgin Islands

conventional short form: Virgin Islands

former: Danish West Indies

abbreviation: USVI
Death rate 6.59 deaths/1,000 population (2007 est.)
Debt - external $NA
Dependency status organized, unincorporated territory of the US with policy relations between the Virgin Islands and the US under the jurisdiction of the Office of Insular Affairs, US Department of the Interior
Diplomatic representation from the US none (territory of the US)
Diplomatic representation in the US none (territory of the US)
Disputes - international none
Economic aid - recipient $NA
Economy - overview Tourism is the primary economic activity, accounting for 80% of GDP and employment. The islands hosted 2.6 million visitors in 2005. The manufacturing sector consists of petroleum refining, textiles, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and watch assembly. One of the world's largest petroleum refineries is at Saint Croix. The agricultural sector is small, with most food being imported. International business and financial services are small but growing components of the economy. The islands are vulnerable to substantial damage from storms. The government is working to improve fiscal discipline, to support construction projects in the private sector, to expand tourist facilities, to reduce crime, and to protect the environment.
Electricity - consumption 926.4 million kWh (2005)
Electricity - exports 0 kWh (2005)
Electricity - imports 0 kWh (2005)
Electricity - production 996.1 million kWh (2005)
Elevation extremes lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m

highest point: Crown Mountain 475 m
Environment - current issues lack of natural freshwater resources
Ethnic groups black 76.2%, white 13.1%, Asian 1.1%, other 6.1%, mixed 3.5% (2000 census)
Exchange rates the US dollar is used
Executive branch chief of state: President George W. BUSH of the US (since 20 January 2001); Vice President Richard B. CHENEY (since 20 January 2001)

head of government: Governor John DeJONGH (since 1 January 2007)

cabinet: NA

elections: under the US Constitution, residents of unincorporated territories, such as the Virgin Islands, do not vote in elections for US president and vice president; governor and lieutenant governor elected on the same ticket by popular vote for four-year terms (eligible for a second term); election last held 7 and 21 November 2006 (next to be held November 2010)

election results: John DeJONGH elected governor; percent of vote - John DeJONGH 57.3%, Kenneth MAPP 42.7%
Exports 0 kWh (2005)
Exports $4.234 billion (2001)
Exports NA bbl/day
Exports - commodities refined petroleum products
Exports - partners US, Puerto Rico (2006)
Fiscal year 1 October - 30 September
Flag description white, with a modified US coat of arms in the center between the large blue initials V and I; the coat of arms shows a yellow eagle holding an olive branch in one talon and three arrows in the other with a superimposed shield of vertical red and white stripes below a blue panel
GDP - composition by sector agriculture: 1%

industry: 19%

services: 80% (2003 est.)
GDP - real growth rate 2% (2002 est.)
Geographic coordinates 18 20 N, 64 50 W
Geography - note important location along the Anegada Passage - a key shipping lane for the Panama Canal; Saint Thomas has one of the best natural deepwater harbors in the Caribbean
Household income or consumption by percentage share lowest 10%: NA%

highest 10%: NA%
Imports 0 kWh (2005)
Imports $4.609 billion (2001)
Imports NA bbl/day
Imports - commodities crude oil, foodstuffs, consumer goods, building materials
Imports - partners US, Puerto Rico (2006)
Independence none (territory of the US)
Industrial production growth rate NA%
Industries tourism, petroleum refining, watch assembly, rum distilling, construction, pharmaceuticals, textiles, electronics
Infant mortality rate total: 7.69 deaths/1,000 live births

male: 8.75 deaths/1,000 live births

female: 6.58 deaths/1,000 live births (2007 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices) 2.2% (2003)
International organization participation IOC, UPU
Irrigated land NA
Judicial branch US District Court of the Virgin Islands (under Third Circuit jurisdiction); Superior Court of the Virgin Islands (judges appointed by the governor for 10-year terms)
Labor force 43,980 (2004 est.)
Labor force - by occupation agriculture: 1%

industry: 19%

services: 80% (2003 est.)
Land boundaries 0 km
Land use arable land: 5.71%

permanent crops: 2.86%

other: 91.43% (2005)
Languages English 74.7%, Spanish or Spanish Creole 16.8%, French or French Creole 6.6%, other 1.9% (2000 census)
Legal system based on US laws
Legislative branch unicameral Senate (15 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve two-year terms)

elections: last held 7 November 2006 (next to be held November 2008)

election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - Democratic Party 8, ICM 4, independent 3

note: the Virgin Islands elects one non-voting representative to the US House of Representatives; election last held 7 November 2006 (next to be held November 2008)
Life expectancy at birth total population: 79.2 years

male: 75.4 years

female: 83.22 years (2007 est.)
Literacy definition: age 15 and over can read and write

total population: 90-95% est.

male: NA%

female: NA% (2005 est.)
Location Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico
Map references Central America and the Caribbean
Maritime claims territorial sea: 12 nm

exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Military - note defense is the responsibility of the US
National holiday Transfer Day (from Denmark to the US), 27 March (1917)
Nationality noun: Virgin Islander(s) (US citizens)

adjective: Virgin Islander
Natural hazards several hurricanes in recent years; frequent and severe droughts and floods; occasional earthquakes
Natural resources sun, sand, sea, surf
Net migration rate -8.8 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2007 est.)
Political parties and leaders Democratic Party [Arturo WATLINGTON]; Independent Citizens' Movement or ICM [Usie RICHARDS]; Republican Party [Gary SPRAUVE]
Political pressure groups and leaders NA
Population 108,448 (July 2007 est.)
Population below poverty line NA% (2002)
Population growth rate -0.171% (2007 est.)
Radio broadcast stations AM 6, FM 16, shortwave 0 (2005)
Religions Baptist 42%, Roman Catholic 34%, Episcopalian 17%, other 7%
Sex ratio at birth: 1.06 male(s)/female

under 15 years: 1.017 male(s)/female

15-64 years: 0.902 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 0.795 male(s)/female

total population: 0.912 male(s)/female (2007 est.)
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal; island residents are US citizens but do not vote in US presidential elections
Telephone system general assessment: modern system with total digital switching, uses fiber-optic cable and microwave radio relay

domestic: full range of services available

international: country code - 1-340; 2 submarine cable connections (Taino Carib, Americas-1); satellite earth stations - NA
Telephones - main lines in use 71,700 (2005)
Telephones - mobile cellular 80,300 (2005)
Television broadcast stations 5 (2006)
Terrain mostly hilly to rugged and mountainous with little level land
Total fertility rate 2.16 children born/woman (2007 est.)
Unemployment rate 6.2% (2004)
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