Scuba diving, rainforest and stunning beaches, this country certainly seems to have it all! Before you grab your passport, be sure to take a look at these 22 facts about Guadeloupe so you can impress the locals with your extensive knowledge!
- Guadeloupe is a small island group in the southern Caribbean Sea.
- Its nearest neighbours are Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to the northwest, Antigua and Barbuda to the north and Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados to the south.
- Whether you’re looking to trek through the jungle or relax on the beach, this beautiful country is sure to provide a heaven-on-earth experience. To explore it for yourself, head for the coordinates of 16.2500° N, 61.5833°
- All but 1 island is volcanic in origin with Basse-Terre boasting interior mountains, whilst Grande-Terre is the only island formed from limestone.
- Basse-Terre is actually home to an active volcano, La Grande Soufrière, which last erupted in 1976!
- The total land area of Guadeloupe is 629 square miles (1,628 square kilometres)…
- …that’s roughly the same size as Flintshire.
- Guadeloupe’s population was 403,750 in 2014…
- …that’s more than double the population of Flintshire!
- Residents here are known as Guadeloupeans.
- The capital is Basse-Terre; it covers an area of 2.2 square miles (5.8 square kilometres) and had a population of 12,748 in 2010.
- Guadeloupeans enjoy a subtropical climate moderated by trade winds with a rainy season from June to October.
- Due to extensive hunting many years ago, a large proportion of the Guadeloupean wildlife was eradicated, although there are currently 17 species of mammal that call this beautiful country home, including the Mongoose, Agouti and Guadeloupe Raccoon.
- Guadeloupe boasts some of the best diving sites in the world thanks to the crystal clear waters, wonderful coral, stunning wildlife and captivating ship wrecks!
- The official language of Guadeloupe is French.
- As a French overseas territory, Euro is the official currency here.
- Guadeloupeans live for an average of 78 years.
- Christopher Columbus actually discovered and named the islands of Guadeloupe in 1493!
- Guadeloupe grows sugarcane and bananas; they also rear cattle, pigs, goats and poultry, catch fish and produce rum. Yum!
- Its industry consists of tourism, manufacturing and construction.
- Guadeloupe exports bananas, sugar and rum.
22. Do you know someone who lives in Guadeloupe? You can make cheap calls to Guadeloupe with Cherry Call – don’t forget, you’ll also need to use the international dialling code of 00590.
To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Guadeloupe, head over to the France24 website.