With our numbers reaching approximately 65,500, we Bermudians are a diverse group. Look around at our faces and you will see every colour of the rainbow. Listen and you will hear English like you’ve never heard, flavoured with a Bermudian lilt and sounding more like song than speech.
We are flattered about our reputation as some of the friendliest people in the world, and we do our best to keep it that way. Needless to say, we very much look forward to showing you why we love to call this beautiful place our home.
A few quick facts about us:
- Bermudians are descendants of slaves from the West Indies and West Africa, English settlers, Irish adventurers, exiled North American Indian prisoners and Portuguese immigrants
- The typical Bermudian accent can still be traced to Elizabethan English. In fact, Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” is believed to have been inspired by the shipwreck of the "Sea Venture". The character Ariel makes reference to "the still-vex'd Bermoothes".
- Historically, we are sea adventurers - fishermen, whalers, traders and privateers. Today, Bermudian seamanship can be seen in our annual yacht and fitted dinghy races.
- We honour old world manners: "Good morning" and "Good afternoon" are an absolute must for Bermudians.