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Bermuda
Capital:
Hamilton
Population:
64,935 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
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. A referendum on independence was soundly defeated in 1995.
Government type:
parliamentary British overseas territory with internal self-government
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $2.33 billion (2003 est.)
Internet users:
34,500 (2003)
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