The British Virgin Islands offers leadership, the integrity of a progressively governed British Dependent Territory, and a sophisticated, democratic and stable society.
The BVI's role as the world leading corporate domicile has attracted delegations from around the world and a number of other offshore jurisdictions - described as simple and flexible for business operations and structuring.
There is a commitment to the investor’s right to confidentiality, and highly professional banking, legal, accounting, trust and company management services. In collaboration with the private sector, the Government continues to embrace innovative financial service concepts, consistent with its priority of protecting and further enhancing the reputation of the global finance industry.
A comprehensive list of Trust Companies, Law Firms and Accounting Firms on the island can be found in the Financial Sector menu.
Head Of State: Queen Elizabeth II, represented by the Governor
Demographic: In 2000, persons under the age of 15 years of age accounted for 27 percent of the population, persons age 16-64 years of age for 67 percent, and persons 65 years of age and older for 5 percent. Over half the adult population is foreign, mostly from other Caribbean and International countries, and half of these have been resident for at least 10 years.
Topography: With the exception of Anegada, the islands are hilly, being of volcanic origin.
Geology: The rocks on these islands fall into two major categories:
Volcanic and sedimentary.
Anegada is of coral and limestone formation.
Vegetation: As elevation increases coastal scrub gradually transitions into dry woodland. Characteristic species include the Turpentine tree (Burseria simaruba) and Mampoo or Loblolly/Blollee tree (Pisonia subcordata), which are found at higher slopes of the larger islands, the best examples are found at Sage Mountain and Gorda Peak, both of which have been designated National Park areas. These areas possess the best diversity of tree species remaining in all of the Virgin Islands. Trees such as the Bulletwood and the BVI’s national tree, the White Cedar (Tabebuia heterophylla) grow to significant heights. Most of the Territory’s trees are evergreen. The Territory’s vegetation type is largely influenced by rainfall.
Rainfall: The heaviest rainfall is typically recorded between August and November although this cannot be relied on since there are irregularities from year to year.