|Time zone:||GMT -5 (Caribbean standard time)|
|Daylight savings:||GMT +1hr, begins second Sunday in March; ends first Sunday in November|
|Main languages:||English||Other languages: Creole|
Bahamian dollars (BSD)|
€1 = B$1.12, $1 = B$0.00, £1 = B$1.33
(rates as of Sep 2016)
|Internet Domain:||.bs||International Dialling Code: 1242|
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Further information on Bahamas
Discover more about Bahamas - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.
Geography & Natural Features
Total area: 13,940 sq km (3,870 sq km under water)
Coastline: 3,542 km (Atlantic Ocean)
Neighbours (border lengths): No land borders
Climate: Tropical marine climate where winter temperatures are moderated by warm Gulf Stream waters. Hurricanes and tropical storms can cause extensive damage in summer months.
Highest mountain: Mount Alvernia, on Cat Island (63m)
Freedom & Rights
Summary status and rankings for Bahamas from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.
|Freedom in the World||Free||-|
|Democracy Index||No Data||-|
|Economic Freedom||Moderately Free||41/179|
|Press Freedom||No Data||-|
|ILGA LGBT rights||Limited rights||-|
|Corruption Perceptions||Low corruption||24/174|
Other Data & Links
Full name: Commonwealth of The Bahamas Status: Independent Country
Population: 321,834 (rank: 172/196) Density: 23 people/sq km (rank: 155/196)
Ethnic groups: black 85%, white 12%, Asian and Hispanic 3%
Religions: 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% (2000 census)
GDP (PPP): $11.4 billion GDP per capita: $32,000 (rank: 30/195)