Fast Facts Bahamas

Population: 324,597 (July 2015 est.)

Location: Caribbean, chain of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida, northeast of Cuba.

Area: 5,359 square miles (13,880 square kilometers). Slightly smaller than Connecticut.

Capital: Nassau

Geography: Strategic location adjacent to U.S. and Cuba. An extensive island chain of which 30 are inhabited.

Climate: Tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream.

Government: Constitutional parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm.

Head of state: Queen Elizabeth II (since 6 February 1952);  represented by Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling (since 8 July 2014)

Head of government: Prime Minister Perry Christie (since 8 May 2012).

Language: English (official), Creole (among Haitian immigrants).

Religion: Protestant 69.9% (Baptist 34.9%, Anglican 13.7%, Pentecostal 8.9% Seventh Day Adventist 4.4%, Methodist 3.6%, Church of God 1.9%, Brethren 1.6%), Roman Catholic 12%, other Christian 13% (incl. Jehovah’s Witness 1.1%), other 0.6%, none 1.9%, unspecified 2.6% (2010 est.)

Time Zone: UTC-5 (same time as Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Source: CIA The World Factbook

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