Region: Caribbean

Capital: Nassau

Population: 388,019 (2015 World Bank est.)

Currency: Bahamian dollar (BSD)

GDP (current US$): 8.854Billion (2015 World Bank est.)

United Nations membership date: 18 September 1973

New York Mission:
Permanent Mission of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the United Nations
231 East 46th Street
New York, N.Y. 10017 USA
Telephone: (212)-421-6925, -6926, -6929
Fax: (212)-759-2135


Lucayan Indians inhabited the islands when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the New World on San Salvador in 1492. British settlement of the islands began in 1647; the islands became a colony in 1783. Since attaining independence from the UK in 1973, The Bahamas have prospered through tourism and international banking and investment management.


World Bank. (2017, May 2). 
World Bank. (2017, May 2). World bank open data.

Updated May 2017