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Flag of The Bahamas
The flag of The Bahamas was adopted on July 10, 1973, the date of independence from Britain. Several entries from a competition were combined to create the design. The two aquamarine stripes are for the surrounding waters, the gold stripe is for the sand and other rich land resources, and the black triangle is for the people and their strength.
Bahamas, The

Location of the Bahamas Ethnic Composition

Official name: The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Form of government: constitutional monarchy with two legislative houses (Senate [16]; House of Assembly [40]).

Chief of state: British Monarch represented by Governor-General.

Head of government: Prime Minister.

Population (1998): 293,000.

Population projection: (2000) 302,000; (2010) 343,000.

Natural increase rate per 1,000 population (1995): 16.6 (world avg. 15.7).

Gross national product (1996): U.S.$3,391,000,000 (U.S.$11,940 per capita).

Land use (1994): forest 32.4%; pasture 0.2%; agriculture 1.0%; other 66.4%.

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