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Bermuda (officially, The Bermuda Islands or The Somers Isles) is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom in the North Atlantic Ocean. Located off the east coast of the United States, it is situated around 1,100 miles (1770 km) northeast of Miami, Florida and 840 miles (1350 km) south of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The nearest landmass is Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, about 640 miles (1030 km) west-northwest (see Geography section below). It is the oldest remaining British overseas territory, settled by England a century before the Acts of Union and two centuries before the creation of the United Kingdom.
Beach at Astwood Park.Although commonly referred to in the singular, the territory consists of approximately 138 islands, with a total area of 27.7 sq. mi. (71.7 square kilometres) [which is a little larger than Manhattan island (part of New York City) which has an area of 22.6 sq. mi. (58.5 km²)]. Compiling a list of these islands is often complicated, as many have more than one name (as does the entire archipelago, which, in addition to its two official names, has historically been known as “La Garza”, “Virgineola”, and the “Isle of Devils”). Despite the limited land mass, there has also been a tendency for place names to be repeated; there are, for instance, two islands named “Long Island”, two bays known as “Long Bay” and the town of St. George is located within the parish of St. George on the island of St. George, whereas Bermuda’s capital, the City of Hamilton, lies in Pembroke Parish, not Hamilton Parish, on the largest island, “Main Island”, which itself is sometimes called “Bermuda” (or “Great Bermuda”).
Bermuda has a thriving economy, with a large financial sector and tourism industry giving it the world’s highest GDP per capita in 2005. It is blessed with a sub-tropical climate and beautiful beaches. Bermuda is the only island in the world to boast pink sand and turquoise oceans.
(taken from wikipedia.com)