The Bahamas

Commonwealth of The Bahamas
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  • Capital: Nassau

  • Population estimate, 2015: 388,000

  • GNI per capita, 2014: (PPP$) 21,336

  • HDI/world rank, 2014: 0.790/55

  • Internet domain extension: .bs

Civil Aviation

There are international airports at Nassau and Freeport (Grand Bahama Island). The national carrier is the state-owned Bahamasair. In 2006 scheduled airline traffic of Bahamas-based carriers flew 8 m. km, carrying 1,033,000 passengers (456,000 on international flights).


Winters are mild and summers pleasantly warm. Most rain falls in May, June, Sept. and Oct., and thunderstorms are frequent in summer. Rainfall amounts vary over the islands from 30″ (750 mm) to 60″ (1,500 mm). Nassau, Jan. 71 °F (21.7 °C), July 81 °F (27.2 °C). Annual rainfall 47″ (1,179 mm).

Constitution and Government

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is a free and democratic sovereign state. Executive power rests with Her Majesty the Queen, who appoints a Governor-General to represent her, advised by a Cabinet whom he appoints. There is a...

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