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The country 
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Capital: Nassau
Area: 13,939 sq km; 5,382 sq miles
Population: 297,852
Urbanisation: Urban 88 per cent; Rural 13 per cent
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Economy

Exports: Pharmaceuticals, cement, rum, salt, crayfish, refined petroleum products

Industry: Tourism, banking, cement, oil refining and shipment, salt production, rum, aragonite, pharmaceuticals, spiral-welded steel pipe

Agriculture: Principal products: citrus fruit, vegetables, sugar cane, crayfish, poultry

Currency: 1 Bahamian dollar (B$), consisting of 100 cents

Natural resources: Salt, aragonite, timber

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The people

Ethnic: Black 85 per cent, White 12 per cent, Hispanic, Asian and others 3 per cent

Language: English, Creole (among Haitian immigrants). English and some Creole are spoken.

Religion: Baptist 32 per cent, Anglican 20 per cent, Roman Catholic 19 per cent, Methodist 6 per cent, Church of God 6 per cent, Other Protestant 12 per cent, None or unknown 3 per cent, Other 2 per cent. The main religious groups are Christian, including Baptists, Anglicans, Roman Catholics and Methodists.

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The history

Independence: 10 July 1973(from the United Kingdom)

Government: Type of Government: Constitutional monarchy. In 1964 the United Kingdom granted the Bahamas internal autonomy and independence was achieved in July 1973.

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