Bahamas: Basic data

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Country Data and Maps
Institution
Economist Intelligence Unit
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Topic
Summary, Basic Data, Economy, Background
Political Geography
Bahamas

Land area

13,939 sq km; comprises 700 islands and more than 2,000 islets (cays), 80 km off the south-eastern coast of Florida

Population

395,360 (2017, World Bank estimate)

Main town

Nassau (capital); population 248,948 (2010, census)

Climate

Subtropical

Weather in Nassau (altitude 4 metres)

Hottest month, August, 24-32°C; coldest months, January and February, 17-25°C (average monthly minimum and maximum); driest month, December, 33 mm average rainfall; wettest month, September, 175 mm average rainfall

Language

English

Measures

US system

Currency

Bahamian dollar (B$) = 100 cents; the Bahamian dollar is pegged at parity with the US dollar at B$1:US$1

Fiscal year

July-June

Time

5 hours behind GMT; 4 hours behind GMT from first Sunday in April to last Sunday in October; the time zone coincides all year round with US Eastern Standard Time

Public holidays

January 1st (New Year); January 10th (Majority Rule Day); April 10th (Good Friday); April 13th (Easter Monday); June 1st (Whit Monday); June 5th (Labour Day); July 10th (Independence Day); August 3rd (Emancipation Day); October 12th (National Heroes Day); December 25th (Christmas Day); December 26th (Boxing Day)


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