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Bahamas Population

People in Bahamas

The Bahamas has 385,000 inhabitants. Around 260,000 of them live in the capital Nassau and 26,000 in the second largest city, Freeport. Most people, 85 percent, are of African descent. The first blacks to arrive here were freed slaves from Bermuda.

About twelve percent are whites of European origin. These are mainly descendants of the English Puritans who came to the island of Eleuthera in 1649, as well as the North American settlers who sided with Great Britain in the American War of Independence and who were looking for a new home in 1783.

Three percent are Asians or from Latin America. There are also immigrants from Haiti who are fleeing the poor economic situation of their homeland and are looking for a new home in the Bahamas.

Languages in Bahamas

English is spoken in the Bahamas. The islands were a British colony for more than 250 years. English is the official language, but many residents speak a Creole language, Bahamian Creole. The basis is English, but the pronunciation is influenced by African heritage and there are also words that differ from English. It is typical, for example, that the English th, which you have to learn in school, is not pronounced: The word this is pronounced dis. The sentence Is that your book? becomes Das ya book?

Religions in Bahamas

About 80 percent of the Bahamas' residents are Christians, 67 percent of them Protestants and 13 percent Catholics. Among the Protestants, the Baptists are the largest group, followed by Anglicans.


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