Bermuda (GPS: 32 20 N, 64 45 W) is located in North America, a group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, east of South Carolina (US). The country’s area measurements are total: 54 sq km; land: 54 sq km, water: 0 sq km. This sovereign state is about one-third the size of Washington, DC. The total irrigated land is N/A.
One of Bermuda’s essential features is about 138 coral islands and islets with ample rainfall but no rivers or freshwater lakes. The US Government leased some land from 1941 to 1995.
It’s significant, and at the same time, the principal city, Hamilton’s GPS coordinates are 32 17 N 64 47 W. Hamilton’s local time is 1 hour ahead of Washington DC during Standard Time. The capital’s time difference: UTC-4, note; Daylight saving time: +1hr begins second Sunday in March; ends first Sunday in November.
Bermuda was first settled in 1609 by shipwrecked English colonists heading for Virginia. Self-governing since 1620, Bermuda is the oldest and most populous of the British overseas territories. Vacationing to the island to escape North American winters first developed in Victorian times. Tourism continues to be important to the island’s economy, although international business has overtaken it in recent years. Bermuda has also developed into a highly successful offshore financial center. A referendum on independence from the UK was soundly defeated in 1995.
Bermuda’s names conventional long form: none, conventional short form: Bermuda, former: Somers Islands, etymology: the islands making up Bermuda are named after Juan de BERMUDEZ, an early 16th-century Spanish sea captain and the first European explorer of the archipelago. The islands making up Bermuda are named after Juan de BERMUDEZ, an early 16th century Spanish sea captain and the first European explorer of the archipelago.
Bermuda’s terrain is typically low hills separated by fertile depressions. The country’s mean elevation: N/A, elevation extremes; lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m, highest point: Town Hill 76 m.
The country’s general climate is subtropical: mild, humid: gales, strong winds common in winter.
The total number of border countries is 0; none are the neighboring nations with the indicated border lengths. Bermuda’s coastline is 103 km, while its marital claims are: territorial sea: 12 nautical miles, exclusive fishing zone: 200 nautical miles. Waterways: N/A. Land use: agricultural land: 14.8%; arable land 14.8%; permanent crops 0%; permanent pasture 0%; forest: 20%; other: 65.2% (2011 estimate).
The population in Bermuda 71,176 (July 2018 estimate), urban population: 100% of total population (2015), major urban area’s population: HAMILTON (capital) 10,000 (2014), while Bermuda has a relatively even population distribution throughout. Their spoken languages are English (official language), Portuguese. Main religions in Bermuda are Protestant 46.2% (includes Anglican 15.8%, African Methodist Episcopal 8.6%, Seventh Day Adventist 6.7, Pentecostal 3.5%, Methodist 2.7%, Presbyterian 2.0 %, Church of God 1.6%, Baptist 1.2%, Salvation Army 1.1%, Brethren 1.0%, other Protestant 2.0%), Roman Catholic 14.5%, Jehovah’s Witness 1.3%, other Christian 9.1%, Muslim 1%, other 3.9%, none 17.8%, unspecified 6.2% (2010 estimate). The nation uses English common law. It is a(n) parliamentary democracy (Parliament); self-governing overseas territory of the UK, National holiday(s) Bermuda Day, 24 May.
Economic overview for the country: International business, which consists primarily of insurance and other financial services, is the real bedrock of Bermuda’s economy, consistently accounting for about 85% of its GDP. Tourism is the country’s second-largest industry, accounting for about 5% of Bermuda’s GDP but a much larger employment share. Over 80% of visitors come from the US, and the sector struggled in the wake of the global recession of 2008-2009.
Even the financial sector has lost roughly 5,000 high-paying expatriate jobs since 2008, weighing heavily on household consumption and retail sales. Bermuda must import almost everything. Agriculture and industry are limited due to the small size of the island. Bermuda’s economy returned to negative growth in 2016, reporting a contraction of 0.1% GDP, after growing by 0.6% in 2015. Unemployment reached 7% in 2016 and 2017, public debt is growing and exceeds $2.4 billion, and the government continues to attract foreign investment. Still, Bermuda enjoys one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.
Natural resources of Bermuda: limestone, pleasant climate fostering tourism.
Main export partners for Bermuda, North America, are US 14.4%, Iceland 13.7%, Spain 6.8%, UK 5.8%, Mauritius 5.6% (2015) for re-exports of pharmaceuticals, while the main import partners for the country are: South Korea 49.5%, US 14.6%, Germany 11.4%, China 9%, Turkmenistan 5.2% (2015) for clothing, fuels, machinery, and transport equipment, construction materials, chemicals, food, and live animals.
When you visit this country in North America, consider the natural hazards in Bermuda: Hurricanes (June to November), while infectious diseases are N/A. Also, note that Bermuda faces the following environmental issues: Dense population and heavy vehicle traffic create severe congestion and air pollution problems, water resources scarce (most obtained as rainwater or from wells), Solid waste disposal, Hazardous waste disposal, Sewage disposal, Overfishing, Oil spills.
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