Saint Helena

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Saint Helena, named after St Helena of Constantinople, is an island of volcanic origin and a British overseas territory in the South Atlantic Ocean. The territory of St. Helena consists of both the island of Saint Helena, and also the dependencies of Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha.

The island has a history of over 500 years since it was first discovered as an uninhabited island by the Portuguese in 1502.

Claiming to be Britain’s second oldest colony (after Bermuda), this is one of the most isolated islands in the world and was for several centuries of vital strategic importance to ships sailing to Europe from Asia and South Africa. For several centuries the British used the island as a place of exile, most notably for Napoleon Bonaparte, Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo and over 5,000 Boer prisoners. Source

Saint Helena Facts

Population: 6 thousand

Capital: Jamestown

Currency: Saint Helenian Pound

Area: 420 km2

Language: English

Main Religion: Christian

Calling Code: +290

Time Zone: GMT

Main Cities: Edinburgh, Georgetown, Gough Island, Jamestown