?Bermuda is a group of islands located in the North Atlantic Ocean. It is a very
attractive place for businesses as it is considered a tax-haven for offshore companies.
Today Bermuda is still part of the British overseas territory that has about 103 km
stretch of coastline with and 200 nautical miles of exclusive fishing zone.
The most recent statistical data shows that there are close to 70,000 Bermudians who
are residing on these islands. Although the official language is English, Portuguese is
also widely used by the locals. We have seen a rise in the demand for Bermuda
translations services as more foreign investors are coming to the islands to do
business with the local people. However, you will find that the Bermudians have a
very strong accent of their own when it comes to spoken English. Their accent is
particularly unique and not similar to the folks from other Caribbean nations.
The Bermudian has an extremely homogenous mixture of society which creates the
incredibly diverse Bermudian culture. The Bermudians historical roots can be traced
to African, Spanish Caribbean, Irish, Native Americans and the Scottish. When it
comes to doing business in Bermuda, some business people may find the islanders'
expressions and their accent hard to understand. Sometimes it might be a good idea to
hire a Bermuda translations company to be on the safe side. However, the key to
effective communication across cultural boundaries is always to act politely and
display a considerable amount of tact. It will help you to build a more trusting
relationship with your local business partner.
In general, Bermuda is divided into 9 Parish and 2 municipalities in its administration.
The Bermudian economy can be considered to be quite a strong one because the
country still retains one of the highest per capita incomes in the world. With only 21
square miles of land area, Bermuda has $70,000 US Dollars per capita income, which
is almost 50 percent higher than the United States. The Bermudian economy is mainly
driven by the financial services and tourism.
Bermuda is a very attractive place for companies as their regulations allow the
registration and creation of offshore companies from other parts of the world.
Offshore operations allow many companies to avoid certain taxes levied in their own
country. Therefore, many companies have arrived at the shores of the Bermuda
Islands seeking for a tax haven. For business people whose first language is not
English, they should consider employing a Bermuda translations company to ensure
that their company registration goes smoothly.
The other major contributor of the Bermudian economy is tourism. Bermuda is
considered by many as one of the most luxurious vacation spots. However, there have
been complaints that many foreigners working on the islands have poor English
communication skills. As a response, the Bermudian Government has passed a new
law known as the Work Permit Holders' Competency with English Language Policy.
This law came into force since 1st of April 2010. The issue was first raised when
foreign workers in service industry (e.g. waiters and tour guides) showed difficulties
in understanding rudimentary English spoken by tourists and locals alike. This had a
devastating effect on the Bermuda's world-class tourism reputation.
It is the employer's responsibility now to ensure that their workers are competent in
English. If the workers are being complained of their English incompetency, he or she
will have to undergo an English proficiency test administered by the Bermudian
Department of Immigration. Therefore, it is always a good idea to hire a translations
company to help you determine the competency of your potential employees.
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