British Virgin Islands

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by Paul Bacsich for Re.ViCa. Minor update by James Kay of Sero for VISCED

For entities in British Virgin Islands see Category:British Virgin Islands


The British Virgin Islands (BVI), also called The Virgin Islands, is a British overseas territory, located in the Caribbean to the east of Puerto Rico. The islands make up part of the Virgin Islands archipelago, the remaining islands constituting the US Virgin Islands.

Technically the official name of the Territory is simply the "Virgin Islands", but in practice since 1917 they have been almost universally referred to as the "British Virgin Islands" to distinguish the islands from the American Territory.

To add to the regional confusion, the Puerto Rican islands of Culebra, Vieques and surrounding islands began referring to themselves as the "Spanish Virgin Islands" as part of a tourism drive in the early 2000s.

The British Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke, along with over fifty other smaller islands and cays. Approximately fifteen of the islands are inhabited.

The islands have a total population of about 22,000, of whom approximately 18,000 live on Tortola.

The capital, Road Town, is situated on Tortola, the largest island which is approximately 20 km (12 mi) long and 5 km (3 mi) wide.

Virtual Learning

CSEC students in the BVI have been using Notesmaster.com to access material produced by the E-Learning Jamaica Company Limited. http://bvinews.com/bvi/bvi-csec-students-to-benefit-from-e-learning-jamaicanotesmaster-com-initiative/ However, no activity found on the part of institutions in the BVI itself.



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