The visitors come to enjoy its mild climate, fine beaches and beautiful forests.
A former British colony and now a Commonwealth member, the country is a major centre for offshore finance and has one of the world’s largest open-registry shipping fleets. The Bahamas enjoys a high per capita income.
The huge growth in the services sector of the economy has prompted people to leave fishing and farming villages for the commercial centres in New Providence Island, Grand Bahama and Great Abaco.
As with other Caribbean countries, The Bahamas faces the challenge of tackling drugs trafficking and illegal immigration.
It has taken steps to clean up its offshore banking system.
- Commonwealth of the Bahamas
- Population 351,000Area 13,939 sq km (5,382 sq miles)
- Major language English
- Major religion Christianity
- Life expectancy 73 years (men), 79 years (women)
- Currency Bahamian dollar