Caricom associate members1 - BERMUDA's Motto: 'Quo fata ferunt' (Whither the Fates carry [us])
Location: North America - Group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean east of South Carolina (US).
Bermuda was first settled in 1609 by shipwrecked English colonists headed for Virginia.
Tourism to the island first developed in Victorian times, and continues to be important to the island's economy, although international business has overtaken it in recent years.
Bermuda has developed into a highly successful offshore financial centre. A referendum on independence was defeated in 1995.
Caricom associate members1 - Bermuda enjoys the third highest per capita income in the world. Its economy is primarily based on providing financial services for international business and luxury facilities for tourists.
A number of reinsurance companies relocated to the island following the 9/11 attacks on the US in 2001, and again after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, contributing to the expansion of an already robust international business sector.
Bermuda's tourism industry - which derives over 80% of its visitors from the US – is recovering well with an increase in hotel development, and remains the island's number two industry.
Most capital equipment and food must be imported. Bermuda's industrial sector is small, although construction continues to be important. Agriculture is limited with only 20% of the land being arable.
Airport: L.F. Wade International Airport
Status: Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom
Area: 53.3 sq km (21 sq ml)
Population: 64,209 (2008 est.)
Currency: Bermudan dollar (BMD)Visiting the Caribbean? Find Deals, Compare Rates, & Read Hotel Reviews on TripAdvisor
Commercial: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
Government: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
Caricom associate members1 - New Year's Day (1 January); Good Friday (varies); Bermuda Day (24 May); Queen's Official Birthday (Second Monday in June); Emancipation Day (Thursday before the First Monday in August); Somer's Day (Friday before the First Monday in August); Labour Day (First Monday in September); Remembrance Day (11 November); Christmas Day (25 December); Boxing Day (26 December)
Favourite Dishes: Codfish and Potatoes. Cassava Pie, Shark Hash, Johnny Bread, Peas and Rice and Fish Cakes
Government website: http://www.gov.bm
Source: Courtesy of caricom.org