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Guadeloupe

Background

Guadeloupe

Although ultimately a victor in World Wars I and II, France suffered extensive losses in its empire, wealth, manpower, and rank as a dominant nation-state. Nevertheless, France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent years, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common exchange currency, the euro, in January 1999.

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Guadeloupe , sometimes known as the Butterfly Island (French: I'ile Papillon), on account of the shape of two of its major islands, is a group of islands in the eastern Caribbean, and is a French overseas department. It is located southeast of Puerto Rico.

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Guadeloupe

GuadeloupeHOTEL LE SERENO 

Grand Cul de Sac BP 19
Saint Barthelemy 97133
Guadeloupe

Price (US$): $982 - $1952 / night

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Le Sereno is the renaissance of a beloved hotel on St. Barth. Recently the hotel was re designed rebuilt and repositioned as the deluxe property among the islands select group of hotels. The hotel was designed by renowned French interior Designer Christian Liaigre. It is an intimate beachfront hotel with 37 suites and villas situated on the Grand Cul de Sac along 600 feet long palm shaded sandy beach noted by the Travel Channel as one of the worlds 10 most beautiful beaches. more »

GuadeloupeEDEN ROCK ST BARTHS 

BAIE DE SAINT JEAN
Saint Barthelemy 97133
Guadeloupe

Price (US$): $642 - $876 / night

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GuadeloupeHOTEL LE TOINY 

ANSE DE TOINY
Saint Barthelemy Gp
Guadeloupe

Price (US$): $2302 - $2303 / night

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GuadeloupeHotel Eden Palm 

Le Helleux
Ste Anne 97180
Guadeloupe

Price (US$): $257 - $548 / night

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Location. Hotel Eden Palm is located near the beach in Ste. Anne's Grande Terre neighborhood and close to Ste Anne Beach. Additional area points of interest include Plage Caravelle and Golf International de Saint Francois. Resort Features. Hotel Eden Palm features a restaurant, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. The resort serves a complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast in the breakfast room. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool,… more »

GuadeloupeLE MERIDIEN LA COCOTERAIE 

AVE DE L EUROPE 97118
St Francois 97118
Guadeloupe

Price (US$): $408 - $409 / night

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HotelYear Built 1992 Year Remodeled 1999Additional Property Description Located On Ocean Front 37km From Pointe A Pitre. With Gardens, Lagoon, Golf Course And A Marina Nearby. more »

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Guadeloupe

Capital
Basse-Terre
Geographic coordinates

16 15 N, 61 35 W

Border countries

Brazil 673 km, Suriname 510 km

Climate

Subtropical tempered by trade winds; moderately high humidity; rainy season (June to October); vulnerable to devastating cyclones (hurricanes) every eight years on average

Terrain

Basse-Terre is volcanic in origin with interior mountains; Grande-Terre is low limestone formation; most of the seven other islands are volcanic in origin

Ethnic groups

Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities

Religions

Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%, unaffiliated 4%

Languages

French (official) 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish)

Government type

republic

Independence

no official date of independence 486 (Frankish tribes unified under Merovingian kingship); 10 August 843 (Western Francia established from the division of the Carolingian Empire); 14 July 1789 (French monarchy overthrown); 22 September 1792 (First French Republic founded); 4 October 1958 (Fifth French Republic established)

National holiday

Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1790); note - although often incorrectly referred to as Bastille Day, the celebration actually commemorates the holiday held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille (on 14 July 1789) and the establishment of a constitutional monarchy; other names for the holiday are Fete Nationale (National Holiday) and quatorze juillet (14th of July)

Chief of state

President Nicolas SARKOZY (since 16 May 2007)

Head of government

Prime Minister Francois FILLON (since 17 May 2007)

Internet country code

.gp

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