The Human Truth Foundation

Saint Barthelemy (Collectivity of Saint Barthelemy)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013


Comments:
FB, LJ

St Barthelemy
Collectivity of Saint Barthelemy
StatusDependency (Overseas Collectivity)
SovereigntyFrance
CapitalGustavia
Land Area
LocationNorth America, The Americas, The Caribbean
GroupingsSmall Islands
Population
GNI
ISO3166-1 CodesGP, GLP, 3121
Internet Domain.gp2
CurrencyEuro (EUR)3
Telephone+5904

1. Overview

Discovered in 1493 by Christopher COLUMBUS who named it for his brother Bartolomeo, Saint Barthelemy was first settled by the French in 1648. In 1784, the French sold the island to Sweden, who renamed the largest town Gustavia, after the Swedish King GUSTAV III, and made it a free port; the island prospered as a trade and supply center during the colonial wars of the 18th century. France repurchased the island in 1877 and took control the following year. It was placed under the administration of Guadeloupe. Saint Barthelemy retained its free port status along with various Swedish appellations such as Swedish street and town names, and the three-crown symbol on the coat of arms. In 2003, the populace of the island voted to secede from Guadeloupe and in 2007, the island became a French overseas collectivity.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)5

As a territory of France I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.

2. Religion and Beliefs

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states simply: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jehovah's Witnesses6.

Links:

There isn't much information in the database for St Barthelemy, most likely because it is either a part of another country (i.e., a territory or posession) and therefore most international statistics are counted for the country as a whole, or, this is such an exotic place that little data exists about it.