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Learn more about Saint Helena.
Flag of Saint Helena Saint Helena
Population: 7,415 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Jamestown
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An Introduction to Saint Helena
Uninhabited when first discovered by the Portuguese in 1502, Saint Helena was garrisoned by the British during the 17th century. It acquired fame as the place of Napoleon BONAPARTE's exile, from 1815 until his death in 1821, but its importance as a port of call declined after the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. Ascension Island is the site of a US Air Force auxiliary airfield; Gough Island has a meteorological station.

Saint Helena map

Map of Saint Helena ( Location ) : 15 56 S, 5 42 W, islands in the South Atlantic Ocean, about midway between South America and Africa. For additional reports and educational information specific to Saint Helena, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Saint Helenian Flag
Blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Saint Helenian shield centered on the outer half of the flag; the shield features a rocky coastline and three-masted sailing ship.

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Some interesting facts and figures about Saint Helena.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 0.62%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 74.67 yrs - Male
    • 80.61 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 2,200 (2002)

    • 2,000 (1997)

    • 3,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .sh

Did you know ... People from Saint Helena are called Saint Helenians

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook