About the British Virgin Islands
In the Territory of the British Virgin Islands ("BVI"), you will find a stable and mature political system, a sound judiciary, as well as effective and flexible international commercial legislation that beckons investors because of its suitability to their needs.
The waters around the islands are calm and conducive to sailing, hence the claim that the BVI is the "Sailing Capital of the World."
Business or relaxation, the BVI welcomes you.
The BVI comprises an archipelago of some 60 islands and cays, many of which are uninhabited. The islands are located 60 miles due east of Puerto Rico. The two main islands are Tortola — where the capital, Road Town, is situated — and Virgin Gorda. The islands were named by Christopher Columbus in 1493, after St. Ursula and her 11,000 virgins.
The BVI is a British Overseas Territory. The government consists of a Governor appointed by the British Crown and an elected House of Assembly. The Governor is the local representative of Her Majesty, the Queen. Elections to the House of Assembly are held every four years.
The official currency of the British Virgin Islands is that of the United States of America.
The legal system of the BVI is like that of most Commonwealth Countries based on the English legal system, which is English Common Law supplemented by locally enacted laws. The court system is part of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and comprises a High Court and a Court of Appeal. The final court of appeal is the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in England.
The official language of the BVI is English.