BERMUDA
Motto: 
'Quo fata ferunt' (Whither the Fates carry [us])
Location:
North America, Group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean east of South Carolina (US).
History:

Bermuda was first settled in 1609 by shipwrecked English colonists headed for Virginia. Tourism to the island first developed in Victorian times, and continues to be 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. A referendum on independence was defeated in 1995.

Elections:
Last general election held 2012. Next elections due 2017
Ruling Party: 
One Bermuda Alliance (OBA)
Major Political Parties: 
One Bermuda Alliance (OBA); People Labour Party (PLP)
Economic Summary: 
Bermuda enjoys  the third highest per capita income in the world. Its economy is primarily based on providing financial services for international business and luxury facilities for tourists. A number of reinsurance companies relocated to the island following the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US, and again after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, contributing to the expansion of an already robust international business sector. Bermuda's tourism industry - which derives over 80% of its visitors from the US – is recovering well with an increase in hotel development, and remains the island's number two industry. Most capital equipment and food must be imported. Bermuda's industrial sector is small, although construction continues to be important. Agriculture is limited with only 20% of the land being arable.
 
Airport: 
L.F. Wade International Airport
Status:
Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom
Capital:
Hamilton
Head of State: 
Sir Richard Gozney, Governor
Head of Government: 
 
Honourable Craig Cannonier M.P.
Premier

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Education:
 



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Area:
53.3 km2 (21 miles2)
Population: 
64,209 (2008 est.)
Currency:
Bermudan dollar (BMD)
GDP: 
$5.354 billion (2006)
GDP Per Capita: 
$83,935 (2006)
Total Exports: 
$27 million (2007)
Total Imports:
$1.151 billion (2007)
Intra-Regional Exports:
Not available
Intra-Regional Imports:
$5.04 million (2007)
Business Hours:

Commercial:  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
Government:  8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday

National Holidays:
New Year's Day (1 January); Good Friday (varies); Bermuda Day (24 May); Queen's Official Birthday (Second Monday in June); Emancipation Day (Thursday before the First Monday in August); Somer's Day (Friday before the First Monday in August); Labour Day (First Monday in September); Remembrance Day (11 November); Christmas Day (25 December); Boxing Day (26 December)
 
Date of CARICOM Membership: 
2 July 2003
National Anthem: "God Save the Queen"

God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save The Queen.
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save The Queen.

O Lord our God, arise,
Scatter our enemies,
And make them fall;
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks;
On thee our hopes we fix:
God save us all.

Thy choicest gifts in store
On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign.
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice,
God save The Queen.
 

Highest National Award:
Not available
Favourite Dishes:
Codfish and Potatoes. Cassava Pie, Shark Hash, Johnny Bread, Peas and Rice and Fish Cakes
Government website: http://www.gov.bm
National Symbols:


Bermuda Coat of Arms


Bermuda national flag

 
 
  (May 2008)
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