Fast Facts Bahamas

Population: 316,182 (July 2012 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 Sir Arthur A. Foulkes (since 14 April 2010).

Head of government: Prime Minister Perry Christie (since 8 May 2011).

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

Religion: Protestant 67.6% (Baptist 35.4%, Anglican 15.1%, Pentecostal 8.1%, Church of God 4.8%, Methodist 4.2%), Roman Catholic 13.5%, other Christian 15.2%, none or unspecified 2.9%, other 0.8% (2000 census).

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

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