Bermuda: Country and Foreign Investment
The Bermudas comprises a group of small islands in the west Atlantic Ocean located 965.6km east of North Carolina and 1,241km southeast of New York. The Bahamas lie about 1,609km to the south. Bermuda should not be confused with either the West Indies or Caribbean.
There are about 150 islands which evolved from the remnants of a thick layer of aeolin limestone. The islands are warmed by the Gulf Stream; the coral deposits found there are the most northerly in the world. An extinct volcano lies submerged along the islands' southeastern perimeter in the shape of a fish hook. The islands are hilly and the highest point is 79.9 metres at Town Hill in Smith's Parish.
A series of bridges connect the main islands which cover a total area of 52km sq. There are no rivers or fresh water lakes in the Bermudas. The rainfall is sufficient for local agriculture and falls evenly over the year. Most buildings store rainwater in underground tanks and supplies will be further boosted after proposed desalination plants are completed.
The climate is mild and humid with an average minimum temperature of 8.3C and maximum of 32.1. There is no frost and sea breezes provide relief from the high temperatures. Vegetation is lush despite the shallow soil distributed over the islands. The ever increasing population is rapidly taking over the arable land.