Except for the flag flying overhead, the US and British Virgin Islands share many similarities. Both the US and British Virgin Islands use American currency (US$), and both drive on the left (Keep Left!). English is the official language spoke on the Virgin Islands.
St. Croix, the largest at 84 square miles and most heavily populated with 54,000 people, is the furthest south of the three populated USVI. St. Thomas, 32 square miles, has a population of 52,000 people and is home to Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the USVI. St. John, the smallest populated island at 19 square miles, has about 4,300 people. Almost two-thirds of the island is dedicated to the Virgin Islands National Park.
The U.S. territorial flag of the Virgin Islands, below, is a white background with a yellow eagle grasping in its right and left talons a green branch and three light blue arrows and bearing on its chest a shield with a blue chief, and, below that, 13 alternating white and red stripes; flanking the eagle on its right and left sides, are the light blue capital letters V and I, standing for Virgin Islands.
There are four main islands in this archipelago, the largest of which is Tortola, 21 square miles, with a population of 23,908 people. The second largest is Anegada, 16 square miles, with a population of only 312 people! Virgin Gorda, which is known for its beauty, is 9 square miles, with a population of 3,394 people. Jost Van Dike, the smallest, is 4 square miles, with a population of 297 people.
The flag of the BVI, below, was adopted on November 15, 1960. It is a Blue Ensign with the Union Flag in the corner, and with the coat of arms of the BVI. The coat of arms features Saint Ursula and the lamps of her virgin followers, which gives the islands their name. The civil ensign is a red ensign with the coat of arms of the BVI. The red ensign is to be flown on board vessels either registered in the British Virgin Islands or by vessels visiting the British Virgin Islands. The Governor of the BVI has a separate flag, a Union Flag defaced with the coat of arms. This design is similar to flags of the other Governors in British overseas territories.