Antigua and Barbuda overview
Antigua and Barbuda are islands that can be found between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. In addition to both major inhabited islands, Antigua and Barbuda, there are numerous smaller islands. Antigua and Barbuda are in the middle of the Leeward Islands, which is part of the Lesser Antilles.
|Ethnic groups||West African|
|Government||Parliamentary democracy under constitutional monarchy|
|GDP (PPP)||$2.372 billion|
|Currency||East Caribbean Dollar|
|Time zone||UTC -4|
|Citizenship by financial contribution||From 250 000 EUR|
|Citizenship by real estate||From 400 000 EUR|
Climate and culture
The islands generally experience recurrent droughts and low humidity making it one of the most temperate climates in the world. Hurricanes strike on an average of once a year.
A majority of Antiguans and Barbudans are Christians, with the Anglicans being the largest single denomination (about 44%). Non-Christian religions practised in the islands include the Islam, Rastafari, Judaism and the Bahá'í Faith.
The culture is predominantly a mixture of West African and British cultural influences. American popular culture and fashion also have a heavy influence. Cricket is the national sport in Antigua and Barbuda and the islands have even produced several famous cricket players.
Family and religion takes an important role in the lives of Antiguans. Most attend religious services on Sunday, although there is a growing number of Seventh-day Adventists who observe the Sabbath on Saturday.
Immigration and tourism in Antigua and Barbuda
Tourism dominates the economy, accounting for more than 50% of the Gross Domestic Product. Antigua is famous for its many luxury resorts. However, weaker tourist activity since early 2000 has slowed the economy and squeezed the government into a tight fiscal corner.
The islands have established an economic citizenship program for investors wishing to acquire passport and citizenship in exchange for buying a real estate or a donation to a charity. Antigua and Barbuda is a great choice for a second passport for investors who want visa free travel. In order to acquire a second citizenship a person can choose among three options: making a 250,000 USD donation to National Development Fund; making a 400,000 USD investment in real estate or investing 1,500,000 USD in business.
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Antigua and Barbuda is an independent, democratic Commonwealth with an English speaking community, which passport is ranked as the 30th strongest passport in the world allowing you to travel to more than 130 countries. It is the only Caribbean passport that allows visa-free travel to Canada in addition to the UK and all Schengen states.
Antigua and Barbuda also has a very generous tax system and doesn’t include a tax on gift, wealth, foreign income, inheritance or capital gains. Currency pegged to US Dollar provides additional safety. In addition to material advantages, Antigua and Barbuda is a beautiful tourist destination with hundreds of white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. The islands have great central location in the Eastern Caribbean for yachts cruises, and sailing boats.
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