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Saint Helena Country Data

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Area: total: 413 sq km
land: Saint Helena Island 122 sq km Ascension Island 90 sq km Tristan da Cunha island group 201 sq km
water: 0 sq km

Climate: Saint Helena: tropical marine mild, tempered by trade winds
Ascension Island: tropical marine mild, semi-arid
Tristan da Cunha: temperate marine mild, tempered by trade winds [tends to be cooler than Saint Helena]

Terrain: the islands of this group result from volcanic activity associated with the Atlantic Mid-Ocean Ridge
Saint Helena: rugged, volcanic small scattered plateaus and plains
Ascension: surface covered by lava flows and cinder cones of 44 dormant volcanoes ground rises to the east
Tristan da Cunha: sheer cliffs line the coastline of the nearly circular island the flanks of the central volcanic peak are deeply dissected narrow coastal plain lies between The Peak and the coastal cliffs

Natural resources: fish, lobster

Population: 7,601
note: only Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha islands are inhabited [July 2008 est.]

Age structure: 0-14 years: 18.5% [male 716/female 690]
15-64 years: 70.7% [male 2,754/female 2,618]
65 years and over: 10.8% [male 381/female 442] [2008 est.]

Nationality: noun: Saint Helenian[s]
adjective: Saint Helenian
note: referred to locally as Saints

Ethnic groups: African descent 50%, white 25%, Chinese 25%

Languages: English

Capital: name: Jamestown
geographic coordinates: 15 56 S, 5 44 W
time difference: UTC 0 [5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time]

National holiday: Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, second Saturday in June [1926]

GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: NA%
industry: NA%
services: NA%

Labor force: 2,486
note: 1,200 work offshore [1998 est.]

Budget: revenues: $13.09 million
expenditures: $32.16 million
note: revenue data reflect locally raised revenues only the budget deficit is resolved by grant aid from the United Kingdom [FY06/07 est.]

Agriculture - products: coffee, corn, potatoes, vegetables timber fish, lobster [on Tristan da Cunha] livestock

Industries: construction, crafts [furniture, lacework, fancy woodwork], fishing, philatelic sales

Exports: $19 million f.o.b. [2004 est.]

Exports - commodities: fish [frozen, canned, and salt-dried skipjack, tuna], coffee, handicrafts

Exports - partners: Tanzania 37.7%, US 17.4%, Japan 15.2%, UK 8.4%, Nigeria 4.8%, Spain 4.5% [2006]

Imports: $45 million c.i.f. [2004 est.]

Imports - commodities: food, beverages, tobacco, fuel oils, animal feed, building materials, motor vehicles and parts, machinery and parts

Imports - partners: UK 53.5%, South Africa 14.3%, Spain 10.3%, Tanzania 8.5%, US 4.6% [2006]

Currency (code): Saint Helenian pound [SHP]

Exchange rates: Saint Helenian pounds per US dollar - 0.4993 [2007], 0.5434 [2006], 0.5493 [2005], 0.5462 [2004], 0.6125 [2003]
note: the Saint Helenian pound is on par with the British pound

Airports: 1 [2007]

Ports and terminals: Saint Helena: Jamestown
Ascension Island: Georgetown
Tristan da Cunha: Calshot Harbor

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