Bermuda was first settled in 1609 by shipwrecked English colonists headed for Virginia. Tourism to the island to escape North American winters first developed in Victorian times.
Tourism 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 center.
Location: North America, group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, east of South Carolina (USA)
Geographic coordinates: 32 20 N, 64 45 W
Climate: subtropical; mild, humid; gales, strong winds common in winter
Population: 65,773 (July 2006 est.)
Nationality: noun: Bermudian(s) / adjective: Bermudian
Languages: English (official), Portuguese
Administrative divisions: 9 parishes and 2 municipalities*; Devonshire, Hamilton, Hamilton*, Paget, Pembroke, Saint George*, Saint George's, Sandys, Smith's, Southampton, Warwick
National holiday: Bermuda Day, 24 May
red, with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Bermudian coat of arms (white and green shield with a red lion holding a scrolled shield showing the sinking of the ship Sea Venture off Bermuda in 1609) centered on the outer half of the flag
Bermuda is in North America, group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, east of North Carolina (USA).
Time Zone: Atlantic Time Zone
Bermuda Time= Atlantic Time
Bermuda Standard Time
- AST (Atlantic Standard Time) is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-4).
Bermuda Daylight-Saving Time (Summer Time)
- ADT (Atlantic Daylight-Saving Time) is in operation from March to November.
Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. (local time) on the second Sunday of March.
Time reverts to Standard Time at 2 a.m. (local time) on the first Sunday of November.
Standard Time Date schedules here
The International Dialling Code for Bermuda is +1 441. Note there are no codes for individual towns and cities in Bermuda.
The Official Site of the Bermuda Department of Tourism: www.bermudatourism.com