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In the early years of the 21st Century

Description: Bahamas

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According to the Climate Change Knowledge Portal, the Bahamas is expected to experience more frequent and intense extreme precipitation events due to climate change.  – Microsoft BING Copilot

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The World Factbook - Bahamas

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 9 November 2020]

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[accessed 5 January 2021]

The Bahamas has the second highest per capita GDP in the English-speaking Caribbean with an economy heavily dependent on tourism and financial services. Tourism accounts for approximately 50% of GDP and directly or indirectly employs half of the archipelago's labor force.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $32,400 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 3%

industry: 11%

services: 49%

tourism:  37% (2011 est.)

Unemployment rate: 10.1% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: 9.3% (2010 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 70 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 10.6 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 73.3 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 98.9% of population

Physicians density: 2.01 physicians/1,000 population (2017)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 98.2% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 100% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Bahamas

[accessed 20 January 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 14 December 2020]

After a decade of slow growth, the economy began to pick up in the mid-1990s due to increased private investment in tourism, shipping, construction and the expansion of financial services. Renewed economic buoyancy followed privatization of major hotels in 1994 and completion of major renovations by the new owners since, as well as increased marketing and an improved foreign investment regime.

Steady economic growth has brought a steady decline in unemployment: from 11.5% in 1996 to an estimated 6.9% in 2001. Inflation has remained low, averaging 1.27% 1996 to 2001.

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