The Human Truth Foundation

British Virgin Islands

By Vexen Crabtree 2013


British Virgin Islands
StatusDependency (Overseas Territory)
CapitalRoad Town
Land Area
LocationNorth America, The Americas, The Caribbean
GroupingsSmall Islands
ISO3166-1 CodesVG, VGB, 921
Internet Domain.vg2
CurrencyDollar (USD)3

1. Overview

First inhabited by Arawak and later by Carib Indians, the Virgin Islands were settled by the Dutch in 1648 and then annexed by the English in 1672. The islands were part of the British colony of the Leeward Islands from 1872-1960; they were granted autonomy in 1967. The economy is closely tied to the larger and more populous US Virgin Islands to the west; the US dollar is the legal currency.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)5

Book CoverConsistently balmy weather, ridiculously white sand shores, diving and snorkeling, and calypso-wafting beach bars: the US and British Virgin Islands have the tropical thing down. Although considered one archipelago, the Virgin Islands are divided between two countries: the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and the United States Virgin Islands (USVI).With more than 90 little landmasses bobbing in a triangular patch of sea, steady trade winds, calm currents and hundreds of protected bays, it´s easy to see how the Virgins became a tropical fantasyland.

The US Virgins hold the lion´s share of population and development. St Thomas has more resorts and water sports than you can shake a beach towel at and the largest Virgin, St Croix, pleases divers and drinkers with extraordinary scuba sites and rum factories.

The British Virgins are officially territories of Her Majesty´s land, but aside from plates of fish and chips, there´s little that´s overtly British.

Believe it or not, a day will come during your Virgin stay when you decide enough with the beach lounging. Then it´s time to snorkel with turtles and spotted eagle rays, dive to explore a 19th-century shipwreck, hike to petroglyphs and sugar-mill ruins and kayak through a bioluminescent bay.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)6

As a territory of the UK I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.

2. British Virgin Islands's Modernity and Learning


Technology and Information:

IT Security
Lower is better
47British Virgin Islands1.08
The Americas Avg0.84
World Avg0.98

3. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below8:

Folk Religion8.4%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Protestant 84% (Methodist 33%, Anglican 17%, Church of God 9%, Seventh-Day Adventist 6%, Baptist 4%, other 15%), Roman Catholic 10%, Jehovah's Witnesses 2%, other 2%, none 2% (1991)9.


There isn't much information in the database for British Virgin Islands, most likely because it is either a part of another country (i.e., a territory or possession) and therefore most international statistics are counted for the country as a whole, or, this is such an exotic place that little data exists about it.