British Virgin Islands
Motto: "Vigilate" (
Location of British Virgin Islands (circled in red)
and largest city
as a dependency of the
|153 km2 (59 sq mi)|
• Water (%)
• 2018 census
|260/km2 (673.4/sq mi) (|
• Per capita
The British Virgin Islands (BVI), officially simply the Virgin Islands, are a
The British Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of
British Virgin Islanders are
The official name of the territory is still simply the "Virgin Islands", but the prefix "British" is often used. This is commonly believed to distinguish it from the neighbouring American territory which changed its name from the "
In 1968 the British Government issued a memorandum requiring that the postage stamps in the territory should say "British Virgin Islands" (whereas previously they had simply stated "Virgin Islands"), a practice which is still followed today. This was likely to prevent confusion following on from the adoption of US currency in the Territory in 1959, and the references to US currency on the stamps of the Territory.