Looking to increase your chances of winning the next pub quiz? Start by swotting up on these 23 facts about Bermuda!
- Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory and archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean.
- Its nearest neighbours are Canada to the north, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos Islands and The Bahamas to the south and USA to the west.
- If you fancy a spot of snorkelling, or you long to feel the sand between your toes whilst enjoying the beautiful sunshine, head for the coordinates of 32.3000° N, 64.7833° W for your very own Bermudian adventure!
- The terrain here is dominated by low hills and fertile depressions.
- The total land area of Bermuda is 20.5 square miles (53.2 square kilometres)…
- …that’s around 1/7th of the size of the Isle of Wight.
- Bermuda’s population was 70,196 in 2015…
- …that’s around half the population of the Isle of Wight.
- Residents here are known as Bermudians.
- The capital is Hamilton; it covers an area of 0.27 square miles (0.7 square kilometres) and had a population of 10,000 in 2014.
- Bermudians enjoy a subtropical climate with mild and humid weather all year round, and strong winds during the winter.
- Did you know that you are able to snorkel in the crystal clear waters surrounding Bermuda for up to 7 miles offshore? There’s lots of stunning coral to explore; it is even possible to see up to 100 feet towards the sea bed where the coral meets the Atlantic ocean!
- Thanks to the lack of fresh water rivers and wells, Bermudians actually harvest rain water which is filtered before drinking!
- The Bermuda Triangle is a treacherous expanse where it is claimed many ships and planes have allegedly disappeared in extraordinary circumstances… fascinating!
- The official language of Bermuda is English.
- Bermuda became a British colony in 1612, making it the oldest remaining British colony!
- In Bermuda, it’s common for families to congregate on Good Friday to fly homemade kites.
- Bermudian Dollar is the official currency here and it’s set at the same rate as the US Dollar.
- The average life span here is 81 years.
- Bermuda grows bananas, citrus fruits, vegetables and flowers; they also rear cattle and produce dairy products and honey.
- Its industry consists of international business, tourism and light manufacturing.
- The main exports include re-exports of pharmaceuticals.
- Do you know someone lucky enough to live in Bermuda? You can make cheap calls to Bermuda with Cherry Call – don’t forget, you’ll also need to use the international dialling code of 001441.
To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Bermuda, head over to The Royal Gazette website.