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 for Virgin Islands
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Virgin Islands
      n 1: a group of islands in northeastern West Indies (east of
           Puerto Rico) discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493;
           owned by United States and Britain

From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

  Virgin Islands
     Introduction Virgin Islands
                              Background: During the 17th century, the
                                          archipelago was divided into two
                                          territorial units, one English and
                                          the other Danish. Sugarcane,
                                          produced by slave labor, drove the
                                          islands' economy during the 18th and
                                          early 19th centuries. In 1917, the
                                          US purchased the Danish portion,
                                          which had been in economic decline
                                          since the abolition of slavery in
     Geography Virgin Islands
                                Location: Caribbean, islands between the
                                          Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic
                                          Ocean, east of Puerto Rico
                  Geographic coordinates: 18 20 N, 64 50 W
                          Map references: Central America and the Caribbean
                                    Area: total: 352 sq km
                                          water: 3 sq km
                                          land: 349 sq km
                      Area - comparative: twice the size of Washington, DC
                         Land boundaries: 0 km
                               Coastline: 188 km
                         Maritime claims: exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
                                          territorial sea: 12 NM
                                 Climate: subtropical, tempered by easterly
                                          trade winds, relatively low
                                          humidity, little seasonal
                                          temperature variation; rainy season
                                          May to November
                                 Terrain: mostly hilly to rugged and
                                          mountainous with little level land
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
                                          highest point: Crown Mountain 474 m
                       Natural resources: sun, sand, sea, surf
                                Land use: arable land: 15%
                                          permanent crops: 6%
                                          other: 79% (1998 est.)
                          Irrigated land: NA sq km
                         Natural hazards: several hurricanes in recent years;
                                          frequent and severe droughts and
                                          floods; occasional earthquakes
            Environment - current issues: lack of natural freshwater resources
                        Geography - note: important location along the Anegada
                                          Passage - a key shipping lane for
                                          the Panama Canal; Saint Thomas has
                                          one of the best natural deepwater
                                          harbors in the Caribbean
     People Virgin Islands
                              Population: 123,498 (July 2002 est.)
                           Age structure: 0-14 years: 26.7% (male 16,926;
                                          female 16,012)
                                          15-64 years: 64.2% (male 35,801;
                                          female 43,443)
                                          65 years and over: 9.1% (male 4,851;
                                          female 6,465) (2002 est.)
                  Population growth rate: 1.04% (2002 est.)
                              Birth rate: 15.85 births/1,000 population (2002
                              Death rate: 5.58 deaths/1,000 population (2002
                      Net migration rate: 0.12 migrant(s)/1,000 population
                                          (2002 est.)
                               Sex ratio: at birth: 1.06 male(s)/female
                                          under 15 years: 1.06 male(s)/female
                                          15-64 years: 0.82 male(s)/female
                                          65 years and over: 0.75 male(s)/
                                          total population: 0.87 male(s)/
                                          female (2002 est.)
                   Infant mortality rate: 9.21 deaths/1,000 live births (2002
                Life expectancy at birth: total population: 78.43 years
                                          female: 82.53 years (2002 est.)
                                          male: 74.55 years
                    Total fertility rate: 2.24 children born/woman (2002 est.)
        HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: NA%
       HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/ NA
                       HIV/AIDS - deaths: NA
                             Nationality: noun: Virgin Islander(s)
                                          adjective: Virgin Islander
                           Ethnic groups: black 80%, white 15%, other 5%
                                          note: West Indian (45% born in the
                                          Virgin Islands and 29% born
                                          elsewhere in the West Indies) 74%,
                                          US mainland 13%, Puerto Rican 5%,
                                          other 8%
                               Religions: Baptist 42%, Roman Catholic 34%,
                                          Episcopalian 17%, other 7%
                               Languages: English (official), Spanish, Creole
                                Literacy: definition: NA
                                          total population: NA%
                                          male: NA%
                                          female: NA%
     Government Virgin Islands
                            Country name: conventional long form: United
                                          States Virgin Islands
                                          conventional short form: Virgin
                                          former: Danish West Indies
                       Dependency status: organized, unincorporated territory
                                          of the US with policy relations
                                          between the Virgin Islands and the
                                          US under the jurisdiction of the
                                          Office of Insular Affairs, US
                                          Department of the Interior
                         Government type: NA
                                 Capital: Charlotte Amalie
                Administrative divisions: none (territory of the US); there
                                          are no first-order administrative
                                          divisions as defined by the US
                                          Government, but there are three
                                          islands at the second order; Saint
                                          Croix, Saint John, Saint Thomas
                        National holiday: Transfer Day (from Denmark to the
                                          US), 27 March (1917)
                            Constitution: Revised Organic Act of 22 July 1954
                            Legal system: based on US laws
                                Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal; note -
                                          indigenous inhabitants are US
                                          citizens but do not vote in US
                                          presidential elections
                        Executive branch: chief of state: President George W.
                                          BUSH of the US (since 20 January
                                          2001); Vice President Richard B.
                                          CHENEY (Since 20 January 2001)
                                          election results: Dr. Charles Wesley
                                          TURNBULL elected governor; percent
                                          of vote - Dr. Charles W. TURNBULL
                                          (Democrat) 58.9%, former Governor
                                          Roy L. SCHNEIDER (ICM) 41.1%
                                          elections: US president and vice
                                          president elected on the same ticket
                                          for four-year terms; governor and
                                          lieutenant governor elected on the
                                          same ticket by popular vote for
                                          four-year terms; election last held
                                          3 November 1998 (next to be held NA
                                          November 2002)
                                          head of government: Governor Dr.
                                          Charles Wesley TURNBULL (since 5
                                          January 1999) and Lieutenant
                                          Governor Gererd LUZ James II (since
                                          5 January 1999)
                                          cabinet: NA
                      Legislative branch: unicameral Senate (15 seats; members
                                          are elected by popular vote to serve
                                          two-year terms)
                                          elections: last held 7 November 2000
                                          (next to be held NA November 2002)
                                          election results: percent of vote by
                                          party - NA%; seats by party -
                                          Democratic Party 6, ICM 2,
                                          independents 4, no party affiliation
                                          note: the Virgin Islands elects one
                                          non-voting representative to the US
                                          House of Representatives; election
                                          last held 7 November 2000 (next to
                                          be held NA November 2002); results -
                                          Donna M. CHRISTIAN-CHRISTENSON
                                          (Democrat) elected
                         Judicial branch: US District Court of the Virgin
                                          Islands (under Third Circuit
                                          jurisdiction); Territorial Court
                                          (judges appointed by the governor
                                          for 10-year terms)
           Political parties and leaders: Democratic Party [Arturo
                                          WATLINGTON]; Independent Citizens'
                                          Movement or ICM [Usie RICHARDS];
                                          Republican Party [Gary SPRAUVE]
            Political pressure groups and NA
               International organization ECLAC (associate), Interpol
                           participation: (subbureau), IOC
     Diplomatic representation in the US: none (territory of the US)
       Diplomatic representation from the none (territory of the US)
                        Flag description: white, with a modified US coat of
                                          arms in the center between the large
                                          blue initials V and I; the coat of
                                          arms shows a yellow eagle holding an
                                          olive branch in one talon and three
                                          arrows in the other with a
                                          superimposed shield of vertical red
                                          and white stripes below a blue panel
     Economy Virgin Islands
                      Economy - overview: Tourism is the primary economic
                                          activity, accounting for more than
                                          70% of GDP and 70% of employment.
                                          The islands normally host 2 million
                                          visitors a year. The manufacturing
                                          sector consists of petroleum
                                          refining, textiles, electronics,
                                          pharmaceuticals, and watch assembly.
                                          The agricultural sector is small,
                                          with most food being imported.
                                          International business and financial
                                          services are a small but growing
                                          component of the economy. One of the
                                          world's largest petroleum refineries
                                          is at Saint Croix. The islands are
                                          subject to substantial damage from
                                          storms. The government is working to
                                          improve fiscal discipline, support
                                          construction projects in the private
                                          sector, expand tourist facilities,
                                          reduce crime, and protect the
                                     GDP: purchasing power parity - $1.8
                                          billion (2000 est.)
                  GDP - real growth rate: NA%
                        GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $15,000
                                          (2000 est.)
             GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: NA%
                                          industry: NA%
                                          services: NA%
           Population below poverty line: NA%
       Household income or consumption by lowest 10%: NA%
                        percentage share: highest 10%: NA%
        Inflation rate (consumer prices): NA%
                             Labor force: 48,356 (2002 est.)
             Labor force - by occupation: agriculture 1%, industry 20%,
                                          services 79% (1990 est.)
                       Unemployment rate: 4.9% (March 1999)
                                  Budget: revenues: $364.4 million
                                          expenditures: $364.4 million,
                                          including capital expenditures of
                                          $NA (1990 est.)
                              Industries: tourism, petroleum refining, watch
                                          assembly, rum distilling,
                                          construction, pharmaceuticals,
                                          textiles, electronics
       Industrial production growth rate: NA%
                Electricity - production: 1.02 billion kWh (1999)
      Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 100%
                                          hydro: 0%
                                          other: 0% (1999)
                                          nuclear: 0%
               Electricity - consumption: 948.6 million kWh (1999)
                   Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (1999)
                   Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (1999)
                  Agriculture - products: fruit, vegetables, sorghum; Senepol
                                 Exports: $NA
                   Exports - commodities: refined petroleum products
                      Exports - partners: US, Puerto Rico
                                 Imports: $NA
                   Imports - commodities: crude oil, foodstuffs, consumer
                                          goods, building materials
                      Imports - partners: US, Puerto Rico
                         Debt - external: $NA
                Economic aid - recipient: $NA
                                Currency: US dollar (USD)
                           Currency code: USD
                          Exchange rates: the US dollar is used
                             Fiscal year: 1 October - 30 September
     Communications Virgin Islands
           Telephones - main lines in use: 62,000 (1997)
             Telephones - mobile cellular: 2,000 (1992)
                         Telephone system: general assessment: NA
                                           domestic: modern, uses fiber-optic
                                           cable and microwave radio relay
                                           international: submarine cable and
                                           satellite communications; satellite
                                           earth stations - NA
                 Radio broadcast stations: AM 5, FM 11, shortwave 0 (2002)
                                   Radios: 107,000 (1997)
            Television broadcast stations: 2 (2002)
                              Televisions: 68,000 (1997)
                    Internet country code: .vi
        Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 50 (2000)
                           Internet users: 12,000 (2000)
     Transportation Virgin Islands
                                  Railways: 0 km
                                  Highways: total: 856 km
                                            paved: NA km
                                            unpaved: NA km (2000)
                                 Waterways: none
                         Ports and harbors: Charlotte Amalie, Christiansted,
                                            Cruz Bay, Port Alucroix
                           Merchant marine: none (2002 est.)
                                  Airports: 2 (2001)
             Airports - with paved runways: total: 2
                                            1,524 to 2,437 m: 2 (2001)
     Military Virgin Islands
                         Military - note: defense is the responsibility of the
     Transnational Issues Virgin Islands
                                                Disputes - international: none

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