The Bahamas

Long Name: Commonwealth of The Bahamas

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

Area: 5,382 sq. mi. (13,940 sq. km)

Climate: tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream

Terrain: long, flat coral formations with some low rounded hills

Population: 307,451 Population Growth Rate: 0.57%

Birth Rate (per 1,000): 17.06

Death Rate (per 1,000): 9.22

Life Expectancy: 65.72 years

Ethnic Groups: black 85%, white 12%, Asian and Hispanic 3%

Religion: Baptist 35.4%, Anglican 15.1%, Roman Catholic 13.5%, Pentecostal 8.1%, Church of God 4.8%, Methodist 4.2%, other Christian 15.2%, none or unspecified 2.9%, other 0.8%

Languages: English (official), Creole (among Haitian immigrants)

Literacy: 95.6%

Government Type: constitutional parliamentary democracy

Capital: Nassau

Independence: 10 July 1973 (from United Kingdom)

GDP Per Capita: $28,000

Occupations: agriculture 5%, industry 5%, tourism 50%, other services 40%

Currency: Bahamian dollar (BSD)


Long Name: Kingdom of Bahrain

Location: Middle East, archipelago in the Persian Gulf, east of Saudi Arabia

Area: 257 sq. mi. (665 sq. km)

Climate: arid; mild, pleasant winters; very hot, humid summers

Terrain: mostly low desert plain rising gently to low central escarpment

Population: 718,306

Population Growth Rate: 1.337% Birth Rate (per 1,000): 17.26 Death Rate (per 1,000): 4.29 Life Expectancy: 74.92 years

Ethnic Groups: Bahraini 62.4%, non-Bahraini 37.6%

Religion: Muslim (Shi'a and Sunni) 81.2%, Christian 9%, other 9.8%

Languages: Arabic, English, Farsi, Urdu

Literacy: 86.5%

Government Type: constitutional monarchy

Capital: Manama

Independence: 15 August 1971 (from United Kingdom)

GDP Per Capita: $33,900

Occupations: agriculture 1%, industry 79%, services 20%

Currency: Bahraini dinar (BHD)


Long Name: People's Republic of Bangladesh

Location: Southern Asia, bordering the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and India

Area: 55,598 sq. mi. (144,000 sq. km)

Climate: tropical; mild winter (October to March); hot, humid summer (March to June); humid, warm rainy monsoon (June to October)

Terrain: mostly flat alluvial plain; hilly in southeast

Population: 153,546,896 Population Growth Rate: 2.022%

Birth Rate (per 1,000): 28.86

Death Rate (per 1,000): 8

Life Expectancy: 63.21 years

Ethnic Groups: Bengali 98%, other 2% (includes tribal groups, non-Bengali Muslims)

Religion: Muslim 83%, Hindu 16%, other 1%

Languages: Bangla (official, also known as Bengali), English

Literacy: 43.1%

Government Type: parliamentary democracy

Capital: Dhaka

Independence: 16 December 1971 (from West Pakistan)

GDP Per Capita: $1,400

Occupations: agriculture 63%, industry 11%, services 26%

Currency: taka (BDT)


Long Name: Barbados

Location: Caribbean, island in the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela

Area: 166 sq. mi. (431 sq. km)

Climate: tropical; rainy season (June to October)

Terrain: relatively flat; rises gently to central highland region

Population: 281,968

Population Growth Rate: 0.36%

Birth Rate (per 1,000): 12.48

Death Rate (per 1,000): 8.58

Life Expectancy: 73.21 years

Ethnic Groups: black 90%, white 4%, Asian and mixed 6%

Religion: Protestant 63.4% (Anglican 28.3%, Pentecostal 18.7%, Methodist 5.1%, other 11.3%), Roman Catholic 4.2%, other Christian 7%, other 4.8%, none or unspecified 20.6%

Languages: English

Literacy: 99.7%

Government Type: parliamentary democracy

Capital: Bridgetown

Independence: 30 November 1966 (from United Kingdom)

GDP Per Capita: $18,900

Occupations: agriculture 10%, industry 15%, services 75%

Currency: Barbadian dollar (BBD)

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