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  • Commonwealth of the Bahamas

    Political Status: Independent member of the Commonwealth since July 10, 1973.

    Area: 5,380 sq. mi. (13,935 sq. km).

    Population: 399,000 (2018E—UN); 332,634 (2018E—U.S. Census).

    Major Urban Center (2018E): NASSAU (286,405).

    Official Language: English.

    Monetary Unit: Bahamian Dollar (market rate October 19, 2018: 1.00 dollar = $1US).

    Sovereign: Queen ELIZABETH II.

    Governor General: Dame Marguerite PINDLING; appointed on July 8, 2014, following the retirement of Sir Arthur FOULKES.

    Prime Minister: Hubert Alexander MINNIS (Free National Movement); sworn in on May 11, 2017, to succeed Perry G. CHRISTIE (Progressive Liberal Party), following the election on May 10, 2017.

    The Country

    The Commonwealth of the Bahamas encompasses a group of about 700 flat, coral islands stretching from the western Atlantic near Florida to the Caribbean Sea. Geomorphically an extension of the Little and Great Bahama ...

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