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Bahamas

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: 303,611 (2000C); 328,000 (2006E).

Major Urban Center (2005E): NASSAU (227,000).

Official Language: English.

Monetary Unit: Bahamian Dollar (principal rate November 2, 2007: 1.00 dollars = $1US).

Sovereign: Queen ELIZABETH II.

Governor General: Arthur Dion HANNA; inaugurated on February 1, 2006, succeeding Dame Ivy DUMONT.

Prime Minister: Hubert Alexander INGRAHAM (Free National Movement); served as prime minister 1992–1997; returned to office on May 4, 2007, in succession to Perry G. CHRISTIE (Progressive Liberal Party), following election of May 2.

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 ...

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