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Group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean, ruled since 1973 by the Monarchy of the Bahamas

The Bahamas, known officially as the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is an archipelagic state within the Lucayan Archipelago. It consists of more than 700 islands, cays and islets in the Atlantic Ocean, and is located north of Cuba and Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic, northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands, southeast of the United States state of Florida and east of the Florida Keys. The capital is Nassau on the island of New Providence. The designation of "the Bahamas" can refer either to the country or to the larger island chain that it shares with the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force describes the Bahamas territory as encompassing 470,000 km² of ocean space.

Geographical type: Archipelago

Latitude: 24.25° N — Longitude: 76° W

Area: 13,878 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: BS

Measures of Freedom

Bahamas | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 92, Political Rights: 1, Civil Liberties: 1
Harsh new immigration policies enacted in 2014 and 2015 have drawn protests from domestic and international observers, who decry inhumane conditions at migrant detention centers and the detention of children, and say the policies unjustly target people of Haitian descent. The new policies also threaten to block children born in the Bahamas to undocumented migrants from attending primary and secondary schools, and to make it more difficult for Bahaman-born children of migrants to attend universities.
Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2021
2019: 8.22, Rank: 38, Personal Freedom: 8.69, Economic Freedom: 7.56
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.38, Rank: 49

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "The Bahamas" as of 17 Sep 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.