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Antigua and Barbuda Travelling Guide
Antigua and Barbuda Travelling Guide

General background: The islands of Antigua and Barbuda became an independent state within the British Commonwealth of Nations in 1981. Some 3,000 refugees fleeing a volcanic eruption on nearby Montserrat have settled in Antigua and Barbuda since 1995.

Area comparative: 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Climate: Tropical marine; little seasonal temperature variation

Terrain: Mostly low-lying limestone and coral islands, with some higher volcanic areas

Population: 67,448 (July 2002 est.)

Ethnic groups: Black, British, Portuguese, Lebanese, Syrian

Religions: Anglican (predominant), other Protestant, some Roman Catholic

Language: English (official), local dialects

Government type: Constitutional monarchy with UK-style parliament

Capital: Saint John's

Legal system: Based on English common law

Economic overview: Tourism continues to dominate the economy, accounting for more than half of GDP. Weak tourist arrival numbers since early 2000 have slowed the economy, however, and pressed the government into a tight fiscal corner. The dual-island nation's agricultural production is focused on the domestic market and constrained by a limited water supply and a labor shortage stemming from the lure of higher wages in tourism and construction work. Manufacturing comprises enclave-type assembly for export with major products being bedding, handicrafts, and electronic components. Prospects for economic growth in the medium term will continue to depend on income growth in the industrialized world, especially in the US, which accounts for about one-third of all tourist arrivals.

Communication/Telephone system: Good automatic telephone system, 1 coaxial submarine cable; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean); tropospheric scatter to Saba (Netherlands Antilles) and Guadeloupe.

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