map of Montserrat MONTSERRAT

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): Montserrat
country code ISO: MS //; - FIPS: MH
location: Central America, West Indies, Caribbean, Lesser Antilles
time zone: -4 UT
surface (land) area: 106 = 39.5 sq.mi
geographical position in extreme co-ordinates: North/South: 17° N / East/West: 62° W
borders (land): none
borders (coastline): Caribbean Sea
climate: tropical Caribbean
independent since: not yet
type of government: dependent territory of the United Kingdom
capital: Plymouth (planned capital Port Diana)
administrative division: parish (3)
population according to the latest census (1991): 10,639
total population according to the estimate in 1995 13,000; it is supposed to be practically uninhabited since 1997-08
population density was: 127 per = 329 per sq.mi
population growth: 0,6% //; - doubling time: not applicable any more
birth rate: 17 per 1000
death rate: 10 per 1000
fertility rate: 2 children per female
maternal mortality: per 100,000
infant mortality (1-4 years): 11 per 1000
life expectancy: years (male: ; female: )
age breakdown: 0-14 years: % //; - 15-59 years: % //; - 60+ years: %
urbanisation: 12% //; - urbanisation growth: %
percentage of urban population in the greatest city: %
Ethnic composition, language, religion
ethnic groups: black, European
languages: English, Creole
religious affiliation: Anglican 25%; Methodist 20%; Pentecostal 15%; Roman Catholic 10%; Adventist 10%
daily food intake: calories per capita
population with access to safe water: %
people per physician:
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: % (male: %; female: %)
Economy and infrastructure
Economy and trade
currency: East Caribbean dollar = 100 cents
annual inflation rate: %
population below poverty line: %
Gross Domestic Product: USD per capita
GNI USD per capita //; - [ppp: ]
GDP growth: %
income: USD 4000 per capita
import: USD per capita //; - export: USD per capita
trade: USD 2000 per capita //; - or % of GDP
trade partners:
human development index: //; - position of the country in the world no.:
female labour force: %
unemployment: %
tourism: 0,001 million
Economic activities in agriculture, fisheries, industry, mining, services, energy
land use: arable land: 20% //; - grass land: 10% //; - wooded area: 40% //; - arid land and desert: %
agriculture: labour force: 4% //; - part of agriculture in GDP: %
agricultural products: hot peppers
livestock (1000s): cattle: 4 / goats: 4 / pigs: 0,4 / poultry: 60 / sheep: 4
fish catch: 50 metric tonnes
industry: labour force: 6% //; - part of industry in GDP: %
industrial products: none, or unknown
mining products: none, or unknown
CO2 emission per capita:
services: labour force: 90% //; - part of services in GDP: %
energy use (kg per capita):
electricity use (per capita):
annual water use (per capita):
Traffic, communication
road network: 20, or 205 km //; - of which paved: % //; - of which are motorways: 0 km
vehicles: per 1000
railways: 0 km //; - railways passenger/km: -
navigable inland waterways: 0 km
ownership telephone: 345 per 1000
ownership radio receivers: per 1000
ownership tv-sets: per 1000
newspaper circulation: per 1000
persons per post office:
personal computers: per 1000
Some physical landmarks
mountains: Chances Peak (Soufrière Hills) 914 m, Katy Hill 741, Silver Hill 403
lowest point: sea level
lakes (natural): none, or unknown
lakes (artificial reservoirs): none, or unknown
lakes (deepest): unknown
rivers: a few small ones to drain the mountain slopes
canals: none, or unknown
waterfalls: none, or unknown
caves: longest system: none, or unknown / deepest:
islands: none
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
due to the volcanic activity of the Soufrière volcano since 1995 the island was practically totally evacuated in 1997
so most of the data here above are more or less only of historical interest
primary sources used for the general information:
BB CA EV PW WA WB WR, and some national statistical yearbooks
particulars concerning population data:
estimated population in 2001: 5,000 (according to source CA), or: 7,574 (source WA)

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