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British Virgin Islands

    • Names:

        conventional long form:

        conventional short form:
        British Virgin Islands

    • Abbreviation:

    • Digraph:

    • Type:
      dependent territory of the UK

    • Capital:
      Road Town

    • Administrative divisions:
      none (dependent territory of the UK)

    • Independence:
      none (dependent territory of the UK)

    • National holiday:
      Territory Day, 1 July

    • Constitution:
      1 June 1977

    • Legal system:
      English law

    • Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state:
        Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor Peter Alfred PENFOLD (since 14 October 1991)

        head of government:
        Chief Minister H. Lavity STOUTT (since NA September 1986)

        Executive Council; appointed by the governor

    • Legislative branch:

        Legislative Council:
        election last held 20 February 1995 (next to be held on NA February 2000); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (13 total) VIP 6, CCM 2, UP 2, independents 3

        legislature was expanded to 13 seats as of election on 20 February 1995

    • Judicial branch:
      Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court

    • Political parties and leaders:
      United Party (UP), Conrad MADURO; Virgin Islands Party (VIP), H. Lavity STOUTT; Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM), E. Walwyln BREWLEY

    • Member of:
      CARICOM (associate), CDB, ECLAC (associate), INTERPOL (subbureau), IOC, OECS (associate), UNESCO (associate)

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

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

    • Flag:
      blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Virgin Islander coat of arms centered in the outer half of the flag; the coat of arms depicts a woman flanked on either side by a vertical column of six oil lamps above a scroll bearing the Latin word VIGILATE (Be Watchful)

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