map of Saint Helena & dependencies SAINT HELENA and dependencies

general data of the country

General useful information
Note: some data are of constant value, while other are due to changes, fluctuations etc.
Nation and population
official name (short form): Saint Helena ; Saint Helena & dependencies
country code ISO: SH //; - FIPS: SH
location: South Atlantic Ocean
time zone: +0 UT
surface (land) area: 308 = 119 sq.mi //; - area incl. inland waters: 411 = 159 sq.mi
geographical position in extreme co-ordinates [Saint Helena only]: North/South: 16° S / East/West: 6° W
borders (land): none
borders (coastline): Atlantic Ocean
climate: cool (sub)tropical maritime
independent since: not yet
type of government: dependent territory of the United Kingdom
capital: Jamestown
administrative division: no further division known
population according to the latest census (1998): 5,157
total population according to the estimate of midyear 2000: 7,212 /-; 2001: 7,266; or: 8,700
population density: 23,5 per = 61 per sq.mi
population growth: 4% //; - doubling time: not applicable, exceeds 100 years; total population figure is quite unstable
birth rate: 12 per 1000
death rate: 7,5 per 1000
fertility rate: 1 child per female
maternal mortality: per 100,000
infant mortality (1-4 years): 10 per 1000
life expectancy: 72 years (male: 70; female: 75)
age breakdown: 0-14 years: 21% //; - 15-59 years: 65% //; - 60+ years: 14%
urbanisation: % //; - urbanisation growth: %
percentage of urban population in the greatest city: %
Ethnic composition, language, religion
ethnic groups: mixed European (British), Asian (of East Indian descent) and African
languages: English
religious affiliation: Christian, predominantly Protestant
daily food intake: calories per capita
population with access to safe water: %
people per physician: 573 [there are in total 3 doctors]
people per hospital bed:
Education, literacy
school enrolment: primary education 6-11 years: %
school enrolment: secondary education: %
school enrolment: tertiary education 20-24 years: %
adult literacy: 98% (male: %; female: %)
Economy and infrastructure
Economy and trade
currency: St Helenian pound = 100 pence
annual inflation rate: %
population below poverty line: %
Gross Domestic Product: USD 2060 per capita
GNI USD per capita //; - [ppp: ]
GDP growth: %
income: USD per capita
import: 5 m pounds //; - export: 0,2 m pounds
trade: USD 3700 per capita //; - or % of GDP
trade partners: GB ZA
human development index: //; - position of the country in the world no.:
female labour force: 28%
unemployment: %
tourism: - million
Economic activities in agriculture, fisheries, industry, mining, services, energy
land use: arable land: 3% //; - grass land: 11% //; - wooded area: 6% //; - arid land and desert: ca 75%
agriculture: labour force: % //; - part of agriculture in GDP: %
agricultural products: fish, rock lobster, coffee, potatoes, vegetables, flax
livestock (1994, exact whole numbers): cattle: 673 / goats: 1203 / pigs: 622 / poultry: 8814 / sheep: 1051
fish catch: 572 metric tonnes
industry: labour force: % //; - part of industry in GDP: %
industrial products: handicrafts, rope making, lace
mining products: none, or unknown
CO2 emission per capita:
services: labour force: % //; - part of services in GDP: %
energy use (kg per capita):
electricity use (per capita):
annual water use (per capita):
Traffic, communication
road network: 98 km //; - of which paved: ?% //; - of which are motorways: 0 km
vehicles: 210 per 1000 [or 1829 vehicles ultimo 1999]
railways: 0 km //; - railways passenger/km: -
navigable inland waterways: 0 km
ownership telephone: per 1000
ownership radio receivers: 320 per 1000
ownership tv-sets: per 1000
newspaper circulation: per 1000
persons per post office:
personal computers: per 1000
Some physical landmarks
mountains: Queen Mary's Peak (TA, 2060 m); Green Mountain (AC, 859 m); Diana's Peak (SH, 820 m)
lowest point: sea level
lakes (natural): none, or unknown
lakes (artificial reservoirs): none, or unknown
lakes (deepest): unknown
rivers: some short and small rivers to drain the mountain slopes
canals: none, or unknown
waterfalls: none, or unknown
caves: longest system: none, or unknown / deepest:
islands: see the separate file of the administrative division
deserts: none
other natural features:
Additional remarks, especially on the statistical information
other important features:
apart from physical landmarks most of the above figures are changeable, in most cases they date from the 1990's
primary sources used for the general information:
BB CA EV PW WA WB WR, and some national statistical yearbooks
particulars concerning population data:

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