You can travel on for ten thousand miles, and still stay where you are
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Saint Helena

Background

Saint Helena

Saint Helena is a British Overseas Territory consisting of Saint Helena and Ascension Islands, and the island group of Tristan da Cunha.

About

Saint Helena Island is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and is one of the world's most isolated islands. If you start crossing the Atlantic Ocean at the border between Namibia and Angola, Saint Helena Island will appear just less than half way to Brazil. As the most populous of the United Kingdom's territories in the South Atlantic, it governs the others: Ascension, Tristan da Cunha, Gough Island and their satellites.

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Saint Helena

Capital
Jamestown
Location

islands in the South Atlantic Ocean, about midway between South America and Africa; Ascension Island lies 700 nm northwest of Saint Helena; Tristan da Cunha lies 2,300 nm southwest of Saint Helena

Area comparative

slightly more than twice the size of Washington, DC

Climate

Current Weather

Terrain

the islands of this group result from volcanic activity associated with the Atlantic Mid-Ocean Ridge

Lowest point

Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Queen Mary's Peak on Tristan da Cunha 2,060 m; Green Mountain on Ascension Island 859 m; Mount Actaeon on Saint Helena Island 818 m

Natural resources

fish, lobster

Population

7,670

Ethnic groups

African descent 50%, white 25%, Chinese 25%

Religions

Anglican (majority), Baptist, Seventh-Day Adventist, Roman Catholic

Languages

English

Government type

NA

Independence

none (overseas territory of the UK)

National holiday

Birthday of Queen ELIZABETH II, second Saturday in June (1926)

Chief of state

Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952)

Head of government

Governor Andrew GURR (since 11 November 2007)

Internet country code

.sh; note - Ascension Island assigned .ac

Internet users

900 (2009)

Airports

1 (2010)

Other countries in the region