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Guadeloupe


    • Affiliation:
      (overseas department of France)

    • Location:
      Caribbean, islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea, southeast of Puerto Rico

    • Map references:
      Central America and the Caribbean

    • Area:

        total area:
        1,780 sq km

        land area:
        1,706 sq km

        comparative area:
        10 times the size of Washington, DC

        note:
        Guadeloupe is an archipelago of nine inhabited islands, of which Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, and Marie-Galante are the three largest

    • Land boundaries:
      0 km

    • Coastline:
      306 km

    • Maritime claims:

        exclusive economic zone:
        200 nm

        territorial sea:
        12 nm

    • International disputes:
      none

    • Climate:
      subtropical tempered by trade winds; relatively high humidity

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

    • Natural resources:
      cultivable land, beaches and climate that foster tourism

    • Land use:

        arable land:
        18%

        permanent crops:
        5%

        meadows and pastures:
        13%

        forest and woodland:
        40%

        other:
        24%

    • Irrigated land:
      30 sq km (1989 est.)

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        NA

        natural hazards:
        hurricanes (June to October); La Soufriere is an active volcano

        international agreements:
        NA


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