Sunday, January 24, 2010

Facts about Bahamas

The turquise symbolizes the colour of sea & sky,
yellow the sun & the richesnest of the islands,
black... well, can't remember...
Loved the climate there!
Also the water there is much softer
- skin didn't dry out,
hair was much healthier than usually
Bahamian people are absolutely
the most friendly people ever met!
- everyone greets & helps
Had ordered a taxi to bring to the airport
at 3pm on Friday
- it arrived at 3am!
The driver just said:
Ok, no problem! I'll be back at 3pm.
And he did!
Actually had changed the time to 2pm,
but that was no problem either.
Learnt a new word:
- meaning making politics for one's own good,
not for other's
The Bahamas, officially the Commonwealth of the Bahamas,
is an English-speaking country consisting of
29 islands, 661 cays, and 2,387 islets (rocks)
All the islands are low and flat,
with ridges that usually rise no more than 15 to 20 m
Its total land area is almost 14 000 km²,
with an estimated population of 330,000.
Its capital is Nassau.
Economic activity is mostly based on
tourism and shipping, with a minor financial sector.
The economy has a very competitive tax regime.
The Bahamas’ tax burden is one of the world’s lowest.
The government imposes national insurance,
property, and stamp taxes
but no income tax, corporate income tax,
capital gains tax, value-added tax (VAT), or wealth tax .

The Bahamas is a sovereign independent nation.
Political and legal traditions closely follow those of
the United Kingdom and the Westminster system.
The Bahamas is a parliamentary democracy
with two main parties,
the Free National Movement and
the Progressive Liberal Party.
It is also one of the Caribbean’s most prosperous nations.
Ethnic groups: 85% Black, 12% White, 3% Asian
Languages: English (official), Bahamian Dialect
Religions: Baptist 32%, Anglican 20%, Roman Catholic 19%,
Methodist 6%, Church of God 6%, other Protestant 12%,
none or unknown 3%, other 2%
The 'other' category includes Jews, Muslims,
Baha'is, Hindus, Rastafarians, and practitioners of Obeah.
Languages: English (official), Bahamian Dialect[20],

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