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Bermuda


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        none

        conventional short form:
        Bermuda

    • Digraph:
      BD

    • Type:
      dependent territory of the UK

    • Capital:
      Hamilton

    • Administrative divisions:
      9 parishes and 2 municipalities*; Devonshire, Hamilton, Hamilton*, Paget, Pembroke, Saint George*, Saint Georges, Sandys, Smiths, Southampton, Warwick

    • Independence:
      none (dependent territory of the UK)

    • National holiday:
      Bermuda Day, 24 May

    • Constitution:
      8 June 1968

    • Legal system:
      English law

    • Suffrage:
      21 years of age; universal

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state:
        Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor Lord David WADDINGTON (since 25 August 1992)

        head of government:
        Premier John William David SWAN (since NA January 1982); Deputy Premier J. Irving PEARMAN (since 5 October 1993)

        cabinet:
        Cabinet; nominated by the premier, appointed by the governor

    • Legislative branch:
      bicameral Parliament

        Senate:
        consists of an 11-member body appointed by the governor

        House of Assembly:
        elections last held 5 October 1993 (next to be held by NA October 1998); results - percent of vote by party UBP 50%, PLP 46%, independents 4%; seats - (40 total) UBP 22, PLP 18

    • Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court

    • Political parties and leaders:
      United Bermuda Party (UBP), John W. D. SWAN; Progressive Labor Party (PLP), Frederick WADE; National Liberal Party (NLP), Gilbert DARRELL

    • Other political or pressure groups:
      Bermuda Industrial Union (BIU), Ottiwell SIMMONS

    • Member of:
      CARICOM (observer), CCC, ICFTU, INTERPOL (subbureau), IOC

    • Diplomatic representation in US:
      none (dependent territory of the UK)

    • US diplomatic representation:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Robert A. FARMER

        consulate(s) general:
        Crown Hill, 16 Middle Road, Devonshire, Hamilton

        mailing address:
        P. O. Box HM325, Hamilton HMBX; PSC 1002, FPO AE 09727-1002

        telephone:
        [1] (809) 295-1342

        FAX:
        [1] (809) 295-1592

    • Flag:
      red with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Bermudian coat of arms (white and blue shield with a red lion holding a scrolled shield showing the sinking of the ship Sea Venture off Bermuda in 1609) centered on the outer half of the flag






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