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Saint Barthélemy Country Guide

Explore Saint Barthélemy in North America

Saint Barthélemy with the capital city Gustavia is located in North America (Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean; located in the Leeward Islands (northern) group; Saint Barthelemy lies east of the US Virgin Islands). It covers some 21 square kilometres (less than an eighth of the size of Washington, DC) with 8,450 citizens.

Interactive map of Saint Barthélemy

The landscape offers hilly, almost completely surrounded by shallow-water reefs, with plentiful beaches. The average density of population is approximately 402 per km². The notable climate conditions in Saint Barthélemy can be described as tropical, with practically no variation in temperature with has two seasons (dry and humid). Potential threats by nature are .

To reach someone in Saint Barthélemy dial +590 prior to a number. There are 0 installed telephones. And there are 0 registered mobile phones. The cellular networks commonly support frequencies of MHz. Websites registered in this country end with the top level domain ".gp". If you want to bring electric equipment on your trip (e.g. laptop power supply), note the local power outlet of .

About the flag and history of Saint Barthélemy

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The flag of France is used.

Discovered in 1493 by Christopher COLUMBUS who named it for his brother Bartolomeo, Saint Barthelemy was first settled by the French in 1648. In 1784, the French sold the island to Sweden, who renamed the largest town Gustavia, after the Swedish King GUSTAV III, and made it a free port; the island prospered as a trade and supply center during the colonial wars of the 18th century. France repurchased the island in 1877 and took control the following year. It was placed under the administration of Guadeloupe. Saint Barthelemy retained its free port status along with various Swedish appellations such as Swedish street and town names, and the three-crown symbol on the coat of arms. In 2003, the populace of the island voted to secede from Guadeloupe and in 2007, the island became a French overseas collectivity.

National administrative regions of Saint Barthélemy

Geography Quick-Facts

SummaryContinent: North America
Capital: Gustavia
Size21 square kilometers (km² or sqkm) or 8 square miles (mi² or sqmi)
less than an eighth of the size of Washington, DC
CurrencyName Euro, Currency Code:EUR
Country Top Level Domain (cTLD).gp
Telephone Country Prefix+590
Mobile Phone Connections0
Landline Phone Connections0

Country Position in World Rankings

Information about single country attributes and how these compare against the rest of the world. The information below is compiled with data from 2013. As such, it may differ a bit to the Information above in the text (which is from 2010).

People and Society

Value nameValueWorld Rank
Population7,298 228


Value nameValueWorld Rank
Airports1 234

Data based on CIA facts book 2010 & 2013, wikipedia, national statistical offices and their census releases

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