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Introduction Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe has been a French possession since 1635. island of Saint Martin is shared with Netherlands; its southern portion is named Sint Maarten and is part of Netherlands Antilles and its northern portion is named Saint-Martin and is part of Guadeloupe
Geography Guadeloupe
Caribbean, islands between Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Puerto Rico
Geographic coordinates:
16 15 N, 61 35 W
Map references:
Central America and Caribbean
total: 1,780 sq km
note: Guadeloupe is an archipelago of nine inhabited islands, includes Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, Marie-Galante, La Desirade, Iles des Saintes (2), Saint-Barthelemy, Iles de la Petite Terre, and Saint-Martin (French part of island of Saint Martin)
water: 74 sq km
land: 1,706 sq km
Area - comparative:
10 times size of Washington, DC
Land boundaries:
total: 10.2 km
border countries: Netherlands Antilles (Sint Maarten) 10.2 km
306 km
Maritime claims:
exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
territorial sea: 12 NM
subtropical tempered by trade winds; moderately high humidity
Basse-Terre is volcanic in origin with interior mountains; Grande-Terre is low limestone formation; most of seven other islands are volcanic in origin
Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
highest point: Soufriere 1,484 m
Natural resources:
cultivable land, beaches and climate that foster tourism
Land use:
arable land: 10.65%
permanent crops: 4.14%
other: 85.21% (1998 est.)
Irrigated land:
20 sq km (1998 est.)
Natural hazards:
hurricanes (June to October); Soufriere de Guadeloupe is an active volcano
Environment - current issues:
Geography - note:
a narrow channel, Riviere Salee, divides Guadeloupe proper into two islands: larger, western Basse-Terre and smaller, eastern Grande-Terre
People Guadeloupe
Total Population:
440,189 (July 2003 est.)
Age structure:
0-14 years: 24.7% (male 55,521; female 53,137)
15-64 years: 66.4% (male 144,764; female 147,449)
65 years and over: 8.9% (male 16,443; female 22,875) (2003 est.)
Median age:
total: 31 years
male: 30.2 years
female: 31.9 years (2002)
Population growth rate:
1% (2003 est.)
Birth rate:
16.16 births/1,000 population (2003 est.)
Death rate:
6.04 deaths/1,000 population (2003 est.)
Net migration rate:
-0.15 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2003 est.)
Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 0.98 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.72 male(s)/female
Population: 0.97 male(s)/female (2003 est.)
Infant mortality rate:
total: 9.07 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 7.74 deaths/1,000 live births (2003 est.)
male: 10.33 deaths/1,000 live births
Life Expectancy:
Population: 77.53 years
male: 74.37 years
female: 80.84 years (2003 est.)
Total fertility rate:
1.92 children born/woman (2003 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
HIV/AIDS - deaths:
noun: Guadeloupian(s)
adjective: Guadeloupe
Ethnic groups:
black or mulatto 90%, white 5%, East Indian, Lebanese, Chinese less than 5%
Roman Catholic 95%, Hindu and pagan African 4%, Protestant 1%
French (official) 99%, Creole patois
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
Population: 90%
male: 90%
female: 90% (1982 est.)
Government Guadeloupe
Country name:
conventional long form: Department of Guadeloupe
conventional short form: Guadeloupe
local short form: Guadeloupe
local long form: Departement de la Guadeloupe
Dependency status:
overseas department of France
Government type:
Administrative divisions:
none (overseas department of France)
none (overseas department of France)
National holiday:
Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
28 September 1958 (French Constitution)
Legal system:
French legal system
18 years of age; universal
Executive branch:
chief of state: President Jacques CHIRAC of France (since 17 May 1995), represented by Prefect Dominique VIAN (since 6 August 2002)
election results: NA
elections: French president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; prefect appointed by French president on advice of French Ministry of Interior; presidents of General and Regional Councils are elected by members of those councils
head of government: President of General Council Jacques GILLOT (since 26 March 2001); President of Regional Council Lucette MICHAUX-CHEVRY (since 22 March 1992)
cabinet: NA
Legislative branch:
unicameral General Council or Conseil General (42 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve six-year terms) and unicameral Regional Council or Conseil Regional (41 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve six-year terms)
elections: General Council - last held 22 March 1998 (next to be held by NA 2004); Regional Council - last held 15 March 1998 (next to be held NA 2004)
note: Guadeloupe elects two representatives to French Senate; elections last held NA September 1995 (next to be held NA September 2004); percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - RPR 1, FGPS 1; Guadeloupe elects four representatives to French National Assembly; elections last held 9 June-16 June 2002 (next to be held NA 2007); percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - RPR 2, PS 1, different right parties 1
election results: General Council - percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - left-wing candidates 11, PS 8, RPR 8, PPDG 6, right-wing candidates 5, PCG 3, UDF 1; Regional Council - percent of vote by party - RPR 48.03%, PS/PPDG/diverse left parties 24.49%, PCG 5.29%, diverse right parties 5.73%; seats by party - RPR 25, PS/PPDG/diverse left parties 12, PCG 2, diverse right parties 2
Judicial branch:
Court of Appeal or Cour d'Appel with jurisdiction over Guadeloupe, French Guiana, and Martinique
Political parties and leaders:
Communist Party of Guadeloupe or PCG [Mona CADOCE]; FGPS [Dominique LARIFLA]; Progressive Democratic Party or PPDG [Henri BANGOU]; Rally for Republic or RPR (may have become UMP) [Lucette MICHAUX-CHEVRY]; Socialist Party or PS [Georges LOUISOR]; Union for French Democracy or UDF [Marcel ESDRAS]
Political pressure groups and leaders:
Christian Movement for Liberation of Guadeloupe or KLPG; General Federation of Guadeloupe Workers or CGT-G; General Union of Guadeloupe Workers or UGTG; Movement for Independent Guadeloupe or MPGI
International organization participation:
Diplomatic representation in US:
none (overseas department of France)
Diplomatic representation from US:
none (overseas department of France)
Flag description:
flag of France is used
Economy Guadeloupe
Economy - overview:
Caribbean economy depends on agriculture, tourism, light industry, and services. It also depends on France for large subsidies and imports. Tourism is a key industry, with most tourists from US; an increasingly large number of cruise ships visit islands. traditional sugarcane crop is slowly being replaced by other crops, such as bananas (which now supply about 50% of export earnings), eggplant, and flowers. Other vegetables and root crops are cultivated for local consumption, although Guadeloupe is still dependent on imported food, mainly from France. Light industry features sugar and rum production. Most manufactured goods and fuel are imported. Unemployment is especially high among young. Hurricanes periodically devastate economy.
buying power parity - $3.7 billion (1997 est.)
GDP - real growth rate:
GDP - per capita:
buying power parity - $9,000 (1997 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:
agriculture: 15%
industry: 17%
services: 68% (1997 est.)
Population below poverty line:
Household income or consumption by percentage share:
lowest 10%: NA%
highest 10%: NA%
Inflation rate (consumer prices):
Labor force:
125,900 (1997)
Labor force - by occupation:
Unemployment rate:
27.8% (1998)
revenues: $225 million
expenditures: $390 million, includes capital expenditures of $105 million (1996)
construction, cement, rum, sugar, tourism
Industrial production growth rate:
Electricity - production:
1.155 billion kWh (2001)
Electricity - production by source:
fossil fuel: 100%
hydro: 0%
other: 0% (2001)
nuclear: 0%
Electricity - consumption:
1.074 billion kWh (2001)
Electricity - exports:
0 kWh (2001)
Electricity - imports:
0 kWh (2001)
Oil - production:
0 bbl/day (2001 est.)
Oil - consumption:
13,000 bbl/day (2001 est.)
Oil - exports:
NA (2001)
Oil - imports:
NA (2001)
Agriculture - products:
bananas, sugarcane, tropical fruits and vegetables; cattle, pigs, goats
$140 million f.o.b. (1997)
Exports - commodities:
bananas, sugar, rum
Exports - partners:
France 60%, Martinique 18%, US 4% (1999)
$1.7 billion c.i.f. (1997)
Imports - commodities:
foodstuffs, fuels, vehicles, clothing and other consumer goods, construction materials
Imports - partners:
France 63%, Germany 4%, US 3%, Japan 2%, Netherlands Antilles 2% (1999)
Debt - external:
Economic aid - recipient:
$NA; note - substantial annual French subsidies
euro (EUR); French franc (FRF)
Currency code:
Exchange rates:
euros per US dollar - 1.06 1.0626 (2002), 1.1175 (2001), 1.0854 (2000), 0.9386 (1999); French francs per US dollar - 5.8995 (1998)
Fiscal year:
calendar year
Communications Guadeloupe
Telephones - main lines in use:
171,000 (1996)
Telephones - mobile cellular:
Telephone system:
general assessment: domestic facilities inadequate
domestic: NA
international: satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean); microwave radio relay to Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, and Martinique
Radio broadcast stations:
AM 1, FM 17, shortwave 0 (1998)
113,000 (1997)
Television broadcast stations:
5 (plus several low-power repeaters) (1997)
118,000 (1997)
Internet country code:
Internet Service Providers (ISPs):
3 (2000)
Internet users:
4,000 (2000)
Transportation Guadeloupe
NA km; privately owned, narrow-gauge plantation lines
total: 2,467 km
paved: NA km
unpaved: NA km (1998)
Ports and harbors:
Basse-Terre, Gustavia (on Saint Barthelemy), Marigot, Pointe-a-Pitre
Merchant marine:
total: 1 ships (1,000 GRT or over) 1,240 GRT/109 DWT
ships by type: passenger 1
note: includes a foreign-owned ship registered here as a flag of convenience: France 1 (2002 est.)
9 (2002)
Airports - with paved runways:
total: 8
over 3,047 m: 1
914 to 1,523 m: 2
under 914 m: 5 (2002)
Airports - with unpaved runways:
total: 1
under 914 m: 1 (2002)
Military Guadeloupe
Military branches:
no regular indigenous military forces; French Forces, Gendarmerie
Military - note:
defense is responsibility of France
Transnational Issues Guadeloupe
Disputes - international: