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Bahamas     [73]
(Independent in 1973 from United Kingdom)
LAND AREA: 13934 sq. km
NUMBER OF ISLANDS BY SIZE (sq. km):
>17,000 >10,000 >1,000 >100 >10 >1 <1 Unknown TOTAL
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 700 700
DEMOGRAPHY
  POPULATION: 284000 (1996)
  DENSITY: 20 persons/sq. km    GROWTH RATE: 2%/year
  POP AGR/FISH/MINING: 5%
  URBAN POP: 86% (1994), versus 74% (1960), Annual Growth: 1.9%
  LIFE EXPECTANCY: 72.9 years,  ADULT LITERACY: 98.1%
  INFANT MORTALITY: 13 per/1000 (1994), versus 50 (1960)
  HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX: 0.894
ECONOMY
  GNP: US$3.2 billion, Annual GNP Growth Rate 1980-1993: 2.3%,  Annual Growth Rate GNP/Capita: 1.4%
  GDP/Capita: $10290  GDP/Capita PPP: $15875
  GDP/Capita: 1960 $6770, 1970 $9624, 1980 $10265, 1990 $11240
  OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE: $4 million  ODA%GNP: 0.1%
  ODA/Capita: $15
ENVIRONMENT (see also individual islands)
  TOTAL FOREST AREA: 158,000 ha, 15.8% of land area, 0.6 ha/capita
  NATURAL FOREST AREA: 158,000 ha
  ARABLE LAND: 0.6% of land area
SPECIES OF CONSERVATION INTEREST:

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
  ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION: 3621 kw-hr/capita, versus 2860 kw-hr/cap (1970)
INSTITUTIONS
GOVERNMENT ENVIRONMENT/SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY:

ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION:

ENVIRONMENT/SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS:

REFERENCES:

Last updated 11/02/98


Islands of Bahamas
Acklins (Bahamas)
Andros, North (Bahamas)
Andros, South (Bahamas)
Cat (Bahamas)
Crooked (Bahamas)
Eleuthera (Bahamas)
Grand Bahama (Bahamas)
Great Abaco (Bahamas)
Great Exuma (Bahamas)
Great Inagua (Bahamas)
Little Abaco (Bahamas)
Little Inagua (Bahamas)
Long (Bahamas)
Mayaguana (Bahamas)
New Providence (Bahamas)
Rum Cay (Bahamas)
San Salvador (Bahamas)


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