Wednesday, February 22, 2012

158th Country Visitor - From Antigua & Barbuda.

Flag of Antigua and Barbuda.
The 158th country (visitor) to visit my Blog is from ANTIGUA and BARBUDA. He or she dropped by at 3.52am Malaysian time, this morning. Thanks, whoever you are... Do come again..
So, let's learn something about this country:
Antigua and Barbuda for "ancient" and "bearded") is a twin-island nation lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of two major inhabited islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and a number of smaller islands (including Great Bird, Green, Guinea, Long, Maiden and York Islands and further south, the island of Redonda). The permanent population number approximately 85,000 (2010) and the capital and largest port and city is St. John's, on Antigua.
Separated by a few nautical miles, Antigua and Barbuda are in the middle of the Leeward Islands, part of the Lesser Antilles, roughly at 17 degrees North of the Equator. The country is nicknamed "Land of 365 Beaches" due to the many beaches surrounding the islands. Its governance, language, and culture have all been strongly influenced by the British Empire, of which the country was formerly a part.

Facts and Figures:
Prime Minister: Baldwin Spencer (2004)
Total area: 170 sq mi (440 sq km)
Population (2010 est.): 86,754 (growth rate: 1.3%); birth rate: 16.4/1000; infant mortality rate: 15.1/1000; life expectancy: 75.26; density per sq mi: 409
Capital and Largest City: St. John's, 23,500
Other large cities: English Harbour, 2,900; Codrington (capital of Barbuda), est. pop. 870
Monetary unit: East Caribbean dollar
Languages: English (official), local dialects
Ethnicity/Race: black 91%, mixed 4.4%, white 1.7%, other 2.9%
Religions: Christian (predominantly Anglican and other Protestant; some Roman Catholic)
National Holiday: Independence Day (National Day), November 1
Agriculture: cotton, fruits, vegetables, bananas, coconuts, cucumbers, mangoes, sugarcane; livestock. Labor force: 30,000 (1991); agriculture: 3.8%, industry: 22%, services: 74.3% (2002 est.).  
Industries: tourism, construction, light manufacturing (clothing, alcohol, household appliances).  
Natural resources: negl.; pleasant climate fosters tourism.  
Exports: $84.3 million (2007 est.): petroleum products 48%, manufactures 23%, machinery and transport equipment 17%, food and live animals 4%, other 8%.  
Imports: $522.8 million (2007 est.): ffood and live animals, machinery and transport equipment, manufactures, chemicals, oil.  
Major trading partners: Poland, UK, Germany, Italy, China, U.S., Singapore, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (2006).
Internet hosts: 2,133 (2007). 
Internet users: 32,000 (2006).
Transportation: Highways: total: 1,165 km, paved: 384 km, unpaved: 781 km (2002).  
Ports and harbors: Saint John's.  
Airports: 3 (2007).


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