Bermuda Bermuda was first settled in 1609 by shipwrecked English colonists headed for Virginia. Tourism is important to the island's economy, although international business has overtaken it in recent years. Bermuda has developed into a highly successful offshore financial centre. It is the oldest remaining British overseas territory, settled by England a century before the Acts of Union and two centuries before the creation of the United Kingdom. Although a referendum on independence from the UK was soundly defeated in 1995, the present government has reopened debate on the issue. Bermuda is one of the few islands in the world to boast of pink sand and turquoise oceans. It is also known for the "Bermuda or Devil's Triangle". An imaginary area located off the southeastern Atlantic coast of the United States, which is noted for a high incidence of unexplained losses of ships, small boats, and aircraft. The apexes of the triangle are generally accepted to be Bermuda, Miami, Fla.,and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 Capital Hamilton
 Population 65,773 (July 2006 est.)
 Population Growth0.61% (2006 est.)
 Ethnic Groups black 54.8%, white 34.1%, mixed 6.4%, other races 4.3%, unspecified 0.4% (2000 census)
 Religions Anglican 23%, Roman Catholic 15%, African Methodist Episcopal 11%, other Protestant 18%, other 12%, unaffiliated 6%, unspecified 1%, none 14% (2000 census)
 Languages English (official), Portuguese
 Chief of State Queen Elizabeth II of the UK (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor Thorold Masefield (since June 1997)
 Head of government Premier Pamela Gordon (since 25 March 1997)
 GDP (per capita) $29,000 (1996 est.)
 Population below poverty line 19 % (2000)
 Inflation rate 1.8% (November 1997)
 Budget: revenues $430.9 million
 Expenditures$452.9 million, including capital expenditures of $50 million (FY95/96 est.)
 Debt - external Not applicable
 Economic aid - recipient Not applicable  
 Currency 1 Bermudian dollar (Bd$) = 100 cents

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