map of Guadeloupe GUADELOUPE

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): Guadeloupe
country code ISO: GP //; - FIPS: GP
location: Central America, West Indies, Caribbean, Lesser Antilles
time zone: -4 UT
surface (land) area: 1780 sq.km = 687 sq.mi //; - area incl. inland waters: sq.km = sq.mi
geographical position in extreme co-ordinates: North/South: 16° N / East/West: 62° W
borders (land): none
borders (coastline): Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea
climate: tropical, Caribbean maritime
Government
independent since: not yet
type of government: overseas department of France, claimed 1635
capital: Basse-Terre
administrative division: arrondissement (3)
Population
population according to the latest census: (1999) 422,496
total population according to the estimate of midyear 2000: 426,493 // - ; 2001: 431,170
population density: 239 per sq.km = 620 per sq.mi
population growth: 1,9% //; - doubling time: 58 years
birth rate: 17 per 1000
death rate: 6 per 1000
fertility rate: 2 children per female
maternal mortality: per 100,000
infant mortality (1-4 years): 8 - 12 per 1000
life expectancy: 75 years (male: 71; female: 78)
age breakdown: 0-14 years: 27% //; - 15-59 years: 61% //; - 60+ years: 12%
urbanisation: 49% //; - urbanisation growth: %
percentage of urban population in the greatest city: %
Ethnic composition, language, religion
ethnic groups: Creole (mulatto) 77%; black 10%; mestizo (French-East Asian) 10%; white 2%
languages: French (official); French patois
religious affiliation: Roman Catholic 79%
Health
daily food intake: 2734 calories per capita
population with access to safe water: %
people per physician: 550
people per hospital bed:
Education, literacy
school enrolment: primary education 6-11 years: 85%
school enrolment: secondary education: 19%
school enrolment: tertiary education 20-24 years: 7%
adult literacy: 90% (male: %; female: %)
 
Economy and infrastructure
 
Economy and trade
currency: Euro = 100 cents (until 2002: French franc = 100 centimes)
annual inflation rate: 1%
population below poverty line: %
Gross Domestic Product: USD 2970 per capita
GNI USD 9145 per capita //; - [ppp: ]
GDP growth: %
income: USD 7000 per capita
import: USD 1901 per capita //; - export: USD 162per capita
trade: USD 5268 per capita //; - or % of GDP
trade partners: FR EU(-other) US JP MQ GF
human development index: //; - position of the country in the world no.:
female labour force: %
unemployment: 31%
tourism: 0,7 million
Economic activities in agriculture, fisheries, industry, mining, services, energy
land use: arable land: 18% //; - grass land: 14% //; - wooded area: 39% //; - arid land and desert: %
agriculture: labour force: 7% //; - part of agriculture in GDP: 9%
agricultural products: bananas, sugarcane
livestock (1000s): cattle: 85 / goats: 28 [63] / horses: 1 / pigs: 19 / poultry 160 / sheep: 3
fish catch: 9150 metric tonnes
industry: labour force: 5% //; - part of industry in GDP: 5%
industrial products: cement, raw sugar, rum
mining products: pumice
CO2 emission per capita:
services: labour force: 88% //; - part of services in GDP: 80%
energy use (kg per capita): 622
electricity use (per capita):
annual water use (per capita):
Traffic, communication
road network: 3145 km //; - of which paved: 80% //; - of which are motorways: 0 km
vehicles: 306 per 1000
railways: 0 km //; - railways passenger/km: -
navigable inland waterways: 0 km
ownership telephone: 378 - 445 per 1000
ownership radio receivers: 208 - 258 per 1000
ownership tv-sets: 269 per 1000
newspaper circulation: 83 per 1000
persons per post office:
personal computers: per 1000
 
Some physical landmarks
 
mountains: Soufrière 1467 m, Grand-sans-Toucher 1354, Morne Moustique 1120
lowest point: sea level
lakes (natural): none; or: unknown
lakes (artificial reservoirs): none; or: unknown
lakes (deepest): unknown
rivers: some small rivers to drain the mountain slopes, among them: Goyaves
canals: none; or: unknown
waterfalls: none; or: unknown
caves: longest system: none; or: unknown / deepest:
islands: Guadeloupe, Marie Galante, Saint Martin (northern part), Saint Barthélémy, La Désirade
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
if there is a range between the figures, the differences are due to the use of several sources
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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