United States Virgin Islands

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Virgin Islands of the United States
Motto: United in Pride and Hope
Anthem: "Virgin Islands March"
Capital
and largest city
Charlotte Amalie
18°21′N 64°56′W / 18.35°N 64.933°W / 18.35; -64.933
Official languages English
Ethnic groups black 79.7%, white 7.1%, Asian 0.8%, mixed or other 12.4%[1]
Demonym
  • U.S. Virgin Islander
Government Unincorporated, organized territory
 -  President Barack Obama (D)
 -  Governor John de Jongh (D)
 -  Lieutenant Governor Gregory R. Francis (D)
Unincorporated territory of the United States
 -  Treaty of the Danish West Indies March 31, 1917 
 -  Revised Organic Act July 22, 1954 
Area
 -  Total 346.36 km2 (202nd)
133.73 sq mi 
 -  Water (%) 1.0
Population
 -  2010 census 109,750
 -  Density 354/km2 (42nd)
916.9/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2003 estimate
 -  Total $1.577 billion
Currency United States dollar (USD)
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 -  Summer (DST) No DST (UTC-4)
Drives on the left[2]
Calling code +1 (spec. +1-340)
Internet TLD .vi and .us

The United States Virgin Islands are a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea. They are currently owned and under the authority of the United States Government. They used to be owned by Denmark (and called Danish West Indies). They were sold to the U.S on January 17, 1917, because of fear that the Germans would capture them and use them as a submarine base in World War I. They are the only part of the U.S. where vehicles drive on the left hand side of the road.

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  2. Only U.S. dependency to drive on the left.

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