United States Virgin Islands


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Overseas Territory of the United States of America


HFA National Reports

National Report 2007: Unreported

National Report 2006: Unreported

National Report 2005: Unreported

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HFA National Focal Point:

Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA)

Phone: +1 (340) 774-2244

Fax: +1 (340) 774-1491

Contact person:

Stevelyn Parris, Acting Director

Contact "Mel": melvidhs@aol.com

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Country profile:

Name: Conventional long form: United States Virgin Islands. Conventional short form: Virgin Islands. Former: Danish West Indies. Abbreviation: USVI.

Capital: Charlotte Amalie

Independence Day: none (territory of the US).

Population total: 108,448 (July 2007 est.)

Area: total: 1,910 sq km

Religions: Baptist 42%, Roman Catholic 34%, Episcopalian 17%, other 7%

Language: English 74.7%, Spanish or Spanish Creole 16.8%, French or French Creole 6.6%, other 1.9% (2000 census).

Ethnics Group: black 76.2%, white 13.1%, Asian 1.1%, other 6.1%, mixed 3.5% (2000 census).

Government: Constitution-based federal republic; strong democratic tradition

Currency: US dollar.

Climate: Subtropical, tempered by easterly trade winds, relatively low humidity, little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season September to November.

Natural Hazards: Several hurricanes in recent years; frequent and severe droughts and floods; occasional earthquakes

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 1848.

Administrative Division: 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

Tourism is the primary economic activity, accounting for 80% of GDP and employment. The islands hosted 2.6 million visitors in 2005. The manufacturing sector consists of petroleum refining, textiles, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and watch assembly. One of the world's largest petroleum refineries is at Saint Croix. The agricultural sector is small, with most food being imported. International business and financial services are small but growing components of the economy. The islands are vulnerable to substantial damage from storms. The government is working to improve fiscal discipline, to support construction projects in the private sector, to expand tourist facilities, to reduce crime, and to protect the environment.


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