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Facts on The Bahamas
Geography: Approximately 700 islands. The islands cover an area of about 100,000 square miles. Population: 250,000 people.
Independence: The Bahamas became an independent nationstate on July 10,1973.
Banks: Approximately 360 financial institutions are licensed to do banking and financial trust representation in The Bahamas.
Medical Facilities: Every hotel has a doctor on call for guests. Most medical doctors are trained in the USA, Canada, Great Britain or The University of The West Indies
Radio and Television: The Bahamas Broadcasting Corporation is Government owned.
Currency: The Bahamian dollar is the national currency. It Is equivalent to, and interchangeable with, the American dollar.
Tipping: The usual tip is 15%. Many hotels and resorts automatically add the 15% service charge to cover tips.
Education: The Bahamas has a 95% literacy rate.
Capital: Nassau, located on the island of New Providence.
Family lslands: Eleuthera, Exuma, Abaco, Bimini, Spanish Wells, Walker's Cay, Rugged Island, Berry Island, Crooked Island, Andros, Cat Island, Mayaguana, Long Island, Akilos, San Salvador, Little lnagua, Great Inagua.