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 VIRGIN ISLANDER POLITICAL
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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.
 
 
Common Name: Virgin Islands Us Local Official Name: Virgin Islands US
Abbreviated Name: United States Virgin Islands Official Name: Virgin Islands US
Official Script Name: Virgin Islands US Local Common Name: USVI
Former Name: Danish West Indies Territory of: United States
 
Head of State: President George W. BUSH
 
Government Type: 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
 
Independence: NA
 
Constitution: Revised Organic Act of 1954 July 22
 
National Holiday: Transfer Day (from Denmark to the US), 27 March
 
International Organization Participation: IOC, UPU
 
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
 
Dependent Areas: NA
 
Legal System: based on US laws
 
Suffrage: 18 years
 
Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches: 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 Dr. Charles Wesley TURNBULL (since 5 January 1999) cabinet: NA elections: under the US Consitution, 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 and takes office in January 2007; percent of vote - John DeJONGH 57.3%, Kenneth MAPP 42.7% 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); results - Donna M. CHRISTENSEN (Democrat) reelected 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)
 
Party Leaders: Democratic Party [Arturo WATLINGTON]; Independent Citizens' Movement or ICM [Usie RICHARDS]; Republican Party [Gary SPRAUVE]
 
International Disputes: NA
 
Illicit Drugs: NA 
 
 
 VIRGIN ISLANDER GEOGRAPHY
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Location of Virgin Islands Us: Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico
 
Continent: North America Land Area Total: 1,910 sq km 
Region: Northern American Land Area Land: 346 sq km
Capitol City: Charlotte Amalie Land Area Water: 1,564 sq km
      
Latitude: 018 20 N Border Boundary Land: 0 km
Longitude: 064 50 W Border Boundary Coastline: 188 km 
  
Arable Land: 5.71 % Pastures: 0.00 %
Crops: 2.86 % Woodlands and Forests: 0.00
  
Highest Elevation: 474 m Location: Crown Mountain
Lowest Elevation: 0 m Location: Caribbean Sea
  
Largest City in Virgin Islands Us: Largest City Population: 0
  
Threatened Species: 0
 
Environmental Issues: lack of natural freshwater resources
 
Environmental Agreements: NA
 
Irrigated Land: 0
 
Bordering Countries: NA
 
Natural Resources: sun, sand, sea, surf
 
Geographical Terrain: mostly hilly to rugged and mountainous with little level land
 
Comparative Area of Virgin Islands Us: twice the size of Washington, DC
 
Virgin Islands Us's Geography: 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
 

 VIRGIN ISLANDER CLIMATE
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General Climate: subtropical, tempered by easterly trade winds, relatively low humidity, little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season May to November
 
Natural Hazards: several hurricanes in recent years; frequent and severe droughts and floods; occasional earthquakes
 
 
 VIRGIN ISLANDER ECONOMY
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Economic Overview: Tourism is the primary economic activity, accounting for 80% of GDP and employment. The islands normally host 2 million visitors a year. The manufacturing sector consists of petroleum refining, textiles, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and watch assembly. The agricultural sector is small, with most food being imported. International business and financial services are small but growing components of the economy. One of the world's largest petroleum refineries is at Saint Croix. The islands are subject 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.
 
 
GDP: $1,577,000,000 USD Currency: US dollar
GDP per Capita: $14,500 USD Currency Code: USD
GDP Growth Rate: 2.00 %
  
Currency Exchange Rate History: the US dollar is used
  
  
GDP of Agriculture: 1.00 % GDP of Industry: 19.00 %
GDP of Services: 80.00 %  
   
Inflation Rate: 2.20 % Population in Poverty: 0.00 %
Unemployment Rate: 6.20 % Tourism: 0.00 visitors each year
   
Consumption by lowest 10%: 0.00 % Budget Revenue in USD: $364,400,000 USD
Consumption by upper 10%: 0.00 % Budget Expenditures in USD: $364,400,000 USD
   
Electricity Production: 1,040,000,000 kWh Electricity Exports: 0 kWh
Electricity Consumption: 967,300,000 kWh Electricity Imports: 0 kWh

Electricity Production by Source:
 
Fossil Fuel Electricity Production: 100.00% Nuclear Electricity Production: 0.00%
Hydro Electricity Production: 0.00% Other Electricity Production: 0.00%
   
Oil Production: 14,650 barrels per day Natural Gas Production: 0 cu m
Oil Consumption: 105,000 barrels per day Natural Gas Consumption: 0 cu m
Oil Exports: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Exports: 0 cu m
Oil Imports: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Imports: 0 cu m
Proven Oil Reserves: 0 barrels Proven Natural Gas Reserves: 0 cu m
   
External Debt: $0 USD Received in economic aid: $0 USD
  Donated in economic aid: $0 USD
   
Agricultural Products: fruit, vegetables, sorghum; Senepol cattle
 
Primary Industries: tourism, petroleum refining, watch assembly, rum distilling, construction, pharmaceuticals, textiles, electronics
 
Industrial Growth Rate: 0.00 %
  
  
Import Amount in USD: $4,609,000,000 USD - crude oil, foodstuffs, consumer goods, building materials
 
Import Partners: US, Puerto Rico
 
Export Amount in USD: $4,234,000,000 USD - refined petroleum products
 
Export Partners: US, Puerto Rico
 
    
GINI Index: 0.00%
 
Labor Force Number of People: 43,980
 
Labor Force by Occupations: agriculture 1%, industry 19%, services 80%
 
  
 VIRGIN ISLANDER COMMUNICATIONS
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Radio Broadcast Stations: 22 Number of People with Radios: 107,000
Television Broadcast Stations: 5 Number of People with Televisions: 68,000
Number of People with Mainline Telephones: 70,900 Number of People with Mobile Phones: 64,200
 
Internet Service Providers: 3,855 Internet Users: 30,000
 
Internet Country Code: .vi Newspapers: 0
Two Letter Country Code: VI Weights and Measures:
Phone Country Code: Electricity Voltage: Volts
  
Telephone Systems: 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
 
  
 VIRGIN ISLANDER TRANSPORTATION
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Highways: 0 km Railways: 0 km
Gas And Oil Pipelines: 0 km Waterways: 0 km
Airports: 2 Heliports: 0
 
Motor Vehicles: 0 per 1,000 people CO2 Emissions: 0 Metric Tons of CO2 per year
  Per capita CO2 emissions: 0.00 Metric Tons of CO2 per year
  
Merchant Marines: NA
 
Ports and Harbors: Charlotte Amalie, Limetree Bay
 
  
 VIRGIN ISLANDER PEOPLE
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Population: 108,605 people type - nationality Birth Rate: 13.96 births per 1,000 people
Population Density: 0.00 people per sq km Death Rate: 6.43 deaths per 1,000 people
Population Growth: -0.12% per year Fertility Rate per Women: 2.17 babies born per woman
 
Population Male 0-14: 12,261 Population Female 0-14: 12,056
Population Male 15-64: 34,174 Population Female 15-64: 37,949
Population Male 65+: 5,385 Population Female 65+: 6,780
 
Population 0-14: 22.40% Literacy Rate: 90.00%
Population 15-64: 66.40% Literacy rate of Males: 0.00%
Population 65+: 11.20% Literacy rate of Females: 0.00%
 
Population that is Male: 53.00 % Population that is Female: 47.00%
Life expectancy at birth in years: 79.05 years Infant mortality rate - baby deaths per 1000 births: 7.86 Babies die per 1,000 births
Life expectancy at birth for Males: 75.24 years Life expectancy at birth for Females: 83.09 years
 
Rate of AIDS/HIV infection: 0.00% Number of people living with AIDS or HIV: 0
Number of people who died of AIDS: 0
   
Disease Risk:
 
Diseases:
 
Net Migration Rate per 1,000 people: -8.73
 
Nationality: VIRGIN ISLANDER
 
Ethnic Groups: black 76.2%, white 13.1%, Asian 1.1%, other 6.1%, mixed 3.5% 
 
  
Primary Language: English
 
Other Languages: English 74.7%, Spanish or Spanish Creole 16.8%, French or French Creole 6.6%, other 1.9%
 
 
Primary Religion: Baptist
 
Other Religions: Baptist 42%, Roman Catholic 34%, Episcopalian 17%, other 7%
 
  
 VIRGIN ISLANDER MILITARY
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Branches: defense is the responsibility of the US
 
Manpower Fit to Serve: NA years
 
Manpower Available: 0 People
 
Manpower Fit to Serve: 0 People
 
Amount of Manpower Available each Year: 0 People per year
 
Expenditures: $0 USD per year
 
Expenditures as a Percentage of GDP: 0.00
 
 
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