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 for Guadeloupe
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an island territory of France located in the eastern West
           Indies; tourism is the major industry

From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

     Introduction Guadeloupe
                              Background: Guadeloupe has been a French
                                          possession since 1635. The island of
                                          Saint Martin is shared with the
                                          Netherlands; its southern portion is
                                          named Sint Maarten and is part of
                                          the Netherlands Antilles and its
                                          northern portion is named Saint-
                                          Martin and is part of Guadeloupe
     Geography Guadeloupe
                                Location: Caribbean, islands in the eastern
                                          Caribbean Sea, southeast of Puerto
                  Geographic coordinates: 16 15 N, 61 35 W
                          Map references: Central America and the Caribbean
                                    Area: total: 1,780 sq km
                                          note: Guadeloupe is an archipelago
                                          of nine inhabited islands, including
                                          Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, Marie-
                                          Galante, La Desirade, Iles des
                                          Saintes (2), Saint-Barthelemy, Iles
                                          de la Petite Terre, and Saint-Martin
                                          (French part of the island of Saint
                                          water: 74 sq km
                                          land: 1,706 sq km
                      Area - comparative: 10 times the size of Washington, DC
                         Land boundaries: total: 10.2 km
                                          border countries: Netherlands
                                          Antilles (Sint Maarten) 10.2 km
                               Coastline: 306 km
                         Maritime claims: exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
                                          territorial sea: 12 NM
                                 Climate: subtropical tempered by trade winds;
                                          moderately high humidity
                                 Terrain: Basse-Terre is volcanic in origin
                                          with interior mountains; Grande-
                                          Terre is low limestone formation;
                                          most of the seven other islands are
                                          volcanic in origin
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
                                          highest point: Soufriere 1,484 m
                       Natural resources: cultivable land, beaches and climate
                                          that foster tourism
                                Land use: arable land: 10.65%
                                          permanent crops: 4.14%
                                          other: 85.21% (1998 est.)
                          Irrigated land: 20 sq km (1998 est.)
                         Natural hazards: hurricanes (June to October);
                                          Soufriere de Guadeloupe is an active
            Environment - current issues: NA
                        Geography - note: a narrow channel, the Riviere Salee,
                                          divides Guadeloupe proper into two
                                          islands: the larger, western Basse-
                                          Terre and the smaller, eastern
     People Guadeloupe
                              Population: 435,739 (July 2002 est.)
                           Age structure: 0-14 years: 24.9% (male 55,393;
                                          female 53,047)
                                          15-64 years: 66.2% (male 142,945;
                                          female 145,757)
                                          65 years and over: 8.9% (male
                                          16,168; female 22,429) (2002 est.)
                  Population growth rate: 1.04% (2002 est.)
                              Birth rate: 16.53 births/1,000 population (2002
                              Death rate: 6.03 deaths/1,000 population (2002
                      Net migration rate: -0.15 migrant(s)/1,000 population
                                          (2002 est.)
                               Sex ratio: at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
                                          under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
                                          15-64 years: 0.98 male(s)/female
                                          65 years and over: 0.72 male(s)/
                                          total population: 0.97 male(s)/
                                          female (2002 est.)
                   Infant mortality rate: 9.3 deaths/1,000 live births (2002
                Life expectancy at birth: total population: 77.35 years
                                          female: 80.66 years (2002 est.)
                                          male: 74.19 years
                    Total fertility rate: 1.92 children born/woman (2002 est.)
        HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: NA%
       HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/ NA
                       HIV/AIDS - deaths: NA
                             Nationality: noun: Guadeloupian(s)
                                          adjective: Guadeloupe
                           Ethnic groups: black or mulatto 90%, white 5%, East
                                          Indian, Lebanese, Chinese less than
                               Religions: Roman Catholic 95%, Hindu and pagan
                                          African 4%, Protestant 1%
                               Languages: French (official) 99%, Creole patois
                                Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read
                                          and write
                                          total population: 90%
                                          male: 90%
                                          female: 90% (1982 est.)
     Government Guadeloupe
                            Country name: conventional long form: Department
                                          of Guadeloupe
                                          conventional short form: Guadeloupe
                                          local short form: Guadeloupe
                                          local long form: Departement de la
                       Dependency status: overseas department of France
                         Government type: NA
                                 Capital: Basse-Terre
                Administrative divisions: none (overseas department of France)
                            Independence: none (overseas department of France)
                        National holiday: Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
                            Constitution: 28 September 1958 (French
                            Legal system: French legal system
                                Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
                        Executive branch: chief of state: President Jacques
                                          CHIRAC of France (since 17 May
                                          1995), represented by Prefect Jean-
                                          Francois CARENCO (since NA July
                                          election results: NA
                                          elections: French president elected
                                          by popular vote for a five-year
                                          term; prefect appointed by the
                                          French president on the advice of
                                          the French Ministry of Interior; the
                                          presidents of the General and
                                          Regional Councils are elected by the
                                          members of those councils
                                          head of government: President of the
                                          General Council Jacques GILLOT
                                          (since 23 March 2001); President of
                                          the Regional Council Lucette
                                          MICHAUX-CHEVRY (since 22 March 1992)
                                          cabinet: NA
                      Legislative branch: unicameral General Council or
                                          Conseil General (42 seats; members
                                          are elected by popular vote to serve
                                          six-year terms) and the unicameral
                                          Regional Council or Conseil Regional
                                          (41 seats; members are elected by
                                          popular vote to serve six-year
                                          elections: General Council - last
                                          held 22 March 1998 (next to be held
                                          by NA 2004); Regional Council - last
                                          held 15 March 1998 (next to be held
                                          NA 2004)
                                          note: Guadeloupe elects two
                                          representatives to the French
                                          Senate; elections last held NA
                                          September 1995 (next to be held NA
                                          September 2004); percent of vote by
                                          party - NA%; seats by party - RPR 1,
                                          FGPS 1; Guadeloupe elects four
                                          representatives to the French
                                          National Assembly; elections last
                                          held 9 June-16 June 2002 (next to be
                                          held NA 2002); percent of vote by
                                          party - NA%; seats by party - NA
                                          election results: General Council -
                                          percent of vote by party - NA%;
                                          seats by party - diverse left
                                          parties 11, PS 8, RPR 8, PPDG 6,
                                          diverse right parties 5, PCG 3, UDF
                                          1; Regional Council - percent of
                                          vote by party - RPR 48.03%, PS/PPDG/
                                          diverse left parties 24.49%, PCG
                                          5.29%, diverse right parties 5.73%;
                                          seats by party - RPR 25, PS/PPDG/
                                          diverse left parties 12, PCG 2,
                                          diverse right parties 2
                         Judicial branch: Court of Appeal or Cour d'Appel with
                                          jurisdiction over Guadeloupe, French
                                          Guiana, and Martinique
           Political parties and leaders: Communist Party of Guadeloupe or PCG
                                          [Christian CELESTE]; FGPS [Dominique
                                          LARIFLA]; Progressive Democratic
                                          Party or PPDG [Henri BANGOU]; Rally
                                          for the Republic or RPR [Aldo
                                          BLAISE]; Socialist Party or PS
                                          [Georges LOUISOR]; Union for French
                                          Democracy or UDF [Marcel ESDRAS]
            Political pressure groups and Christian Movement for the
                                 leaders: Liberation of Guadeloupe or KLPG;
                                          General Federation of Guadeloupe
                                          Workers or CGT-G; General Union of
                                          Guadeloupe Workers or UGTG; Movement
                                          for Independent Guadeloupe or MPGI
               International organization FZ, WCL, WFTU
     Diplomatic representation in the US: none (overseas department of France)
       Diplomatic representation from the none (overseas department of France)
                        Flag description: the flag of France is used
     Economy Guadeloupe
                      Economy - overview: The economy depends on agriculture,
                                          tourism, light industry, and
                                          services. It also depends on France
                                          for large subsidies and imports.
                                          Tourism is a key industry, with most
                                          tourists from the US; an
                                          increasingly large number of cruise
                                          ships visit the islands. The
                                          traditional sugarcane crop is slowly
                                          being replaced by other crops, such
                                          as bananas (which now supply about
                                          50% of export earnings), eggplant,
                                          and flowers. Other vegetables and
                                          root crops are cultivated for local
                                          consumption, although Guadeloupe is
                                          still dependent on imported food,
                                          mainly from France. Light industry
                                          features sugar and rum production.
                                          Most manufactured goods and fuel are
                                          imported. Unemployment is especially
                                          high among the young. Hurricanes
                                          periodically devastate the economy.
                                     GDP: purchasing power parity - $3.7
                                          billion (1997 est.)
                  GDP - real growth rate: NA%
                        GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $9,000
                                          (1997 est.)
             GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 15%
                                          industry: 17%
                                          services: 68% (1997 est.)
           Population below poverty line: NA%
       Household income or consumption by lowest 10%: NA%
                        percentage share: highest 10%: NA%
        Inflation rate (consumer prices): NA%
                             Labor force: 125,900 (1997)
             Labor force - by occupation: NA
                       Unemployment rate: 27.8% (1998)
                                  Budget: revenues: $225 million
                                          expenditures: $390 million,
                                          including capital expenditures of
                                          $105 million (1996)
                              Industries: construction, cement, rum, sugar,
       Industrial production growth rate: NA%
                Electricity - production: 1.39 billion kWh (2000)
      Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 100%
                                          hydro: 0%
                                          other: 0% (2000)
                                          nuclear: 0%
               Electricity - consumption: 1.293 billion kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2000)
                  Agriculture - products: bananas, sugarcane, tropical fruits
                                          and vegetables; cattle, pigs, goats
                                 Exports: $140 million (f.o.b., 1997)
                   Exports - commodities: bananas, sugar, rum
                      Exports - partners: France 60%, Martinique 18%, US 4%
                                 Imports: $1.7 billion (c.i.f., 1997)
                   Imports - commodities: foodstuffs, fuels, vehicles,
                                          clothing and other consumer goods,
                                          construction materials
                      Imports - partners: France 63%, Germany 4%, US 3%, Japan
                                          2%, Netherlands Antilles 2% (1997)
                         Debt - external: $NA
                Economic aid - recipient: $NA; note - substantial annual
                                          French subsidies
                                Currency: euro (EUR); French franc (FRF)
                           Currency code: EUR; FRF
                          Exchange rates: Euros per US dollar - 1.1324
                                          (January 2002), 1.1175 (2001),
                                          1.0854 (2000), 0.9386 (1999); French
                                          francs per US dollar - 5.8995
                                          (1998), 5.8367 (1997)
                             Fiscal year: calendar year
     Communications Guadeloupe
          Telephones - main lines in use: 171,000 (1996)
            Telephones - mobile cellular: NA
                        Telephone system: general assessment: domestic
                                          facilities inadequate
                                          domestic: NA
                                          international: satellite earth
                                          station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic
                                          Ocean); microwave radio relay to
                                          Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, and
                Radio broadcast stations: AM 1, FM 17, shortwave 0 (1998)
                                  Radios: 113,000 (1997)
           Television broadcast stations: 5 (plus several low-power repeaters)
                             Televisions: 118,000 (1997)
                   Internet country code: .gp
       Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 3 (2000)
                          Internet users: 4,000 (2000)
     Transportation Guadeloupe
                                Railways: total: NA km; privately owned,
                                          narrow-gauge plantation lines
                                Highways: total: 2,560 km
                                          paved: 965 km
                                          unpaved: 1,595 km (1996)
                               Waterways: none
                       Ports and harbors: Basse-Terre, Gustavia (on Saint
                                          Barthelemy), Marigot, Pointe-a-Pitre
                         Merchant marine: total: 1 ship (1,000 GRT or over)
                                          totaling 1,240 GRT/109 DWT
                                          ships by type: passenger 1
                                          note: includes a foreign-owned ship
                                          registered here as a flag of
                                          convenience: France 1 (2002 est.)
                                Airports: 9 (2001)
           Airports - with paved runways: total: 8
                                          over 3,047 m: 1
                                          914 to 1,523 m: 2
                                          under 914 m: 5 (2001)
         Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 1
                                          under 914 m: 1 (2001)
     Military Guadeloupe
                        Military branches: no regular indigenous military
                                           forces; French Forces, Gendarmerie
                          Military - note: defense is the responsibility of
     Transnational Issues Guadeloupe
                                                Disputes - international: none

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