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Saint Helena

Description of Saint Helena

Saint Helena is an island located in the continent, Africa. The capital city of Saint Helena is Jamestown. Saint Helena has an area of 410 square kilometers with nearly 8,000 people living over the area.

History

Saint Helena is known to have its historical roots since 500 years. As per the historical accounts, Helena Island was discovered by Spaniard Galician navigator in the year 1502 and they named this island as “Santa Helena”.

One more theory says that the island is found by some ships in the year 1503. It is said to be one of the most isolated islands in the entire world and it has major tactical importance for the ships sailing from South Africa and Asia to Europe.

For many centuries, the island has been used by the British people as a place of exile.

In the year 1657, the English East India Company was granted by the Oliver to govern the Saint Helena.

British ruled the island for many years in the 18th century. They selected this island for the custody of Napoleon and he was brought to the Saint Helena Longwood for lodging him. He died over there in 1821.

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Saint Helena has its map routes in southern and the western hemisphere with the coastline in the South Atlantic Ocean. The extreme points of Saint Helena are Queen Mary's Peak on Tristan da Cunha in high and South Atlantic Ocean in low.

Language

The people over the Saint Helena Island speak the official language and that is English.

Culture

The culture of the Saint Helena has an influence from many of the European powers during the ships passing through the region.

The religions of the island include Christianity (Diocese and Roman Catholicism).

The cuisines of Saint Helena have variety and vibrant international cuisines. Popular dishes of the Saint Helena include British Sunday roast, pumpkin stew, black pudding and spicy fishcakes.

Here in this island education is compulsory for the children between the ages of 5 to 16 years and it is free too.

There are many sports played in the island and they are volleyball, football, golf, cricket, yachting, etc.

Holidays

Public holidays of Helena are January 1 (New Year's Day), March or April (Good Friday), March or April (Easter Monday), 3rd Monday in April         (Queen's Birthday), May 21  (Saint Helena Day), May or June (Ascension Day), May or June (Whit Monday), May or June (Ratting Day), August 14 (Anniversary Day of Tristan da Cunha only), Last Monday in August (August Bank Holiday), December 25 (Christmas Day) and December 26 or 27 (Boxing Day).

Climate and Weather

The Saint Helena Island has a tropical, mild and marine climate and it varies across the island which is noticeable.

Travelling and Tourism

There is a tourism industry in Saint Helena. There are many famous Helena hotels and Helena Restaurants that offer you good experience in this island and the one of most famous among them is Harvest Inn. Travelling is available for many tourist places in this area.

Vacation and Destinations

The most visited vacation spots or destinations in this area are Jacob’s ladder, St Helena Distillery, Museum of St. Helena, Water sports, Sandy Bay, Turks cap and many more places.

Some facts about Saint Helena

Population of country 7,460 people
Area of Saint Helena 410 sq. kilometers
Located on the continent Africa (AF)
Capital of Saint Helena Jamestown
Currency at Saint Helena Pound (SHP)
Domain Zone .sh
Phone country code 290
FIPS code of Saint Helena SH

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More information about Saint Helena

Climate of Saint Helena:
  • the islands of this group result from volcanic activity associated with the Atlantic Mid-Ocean Ridge
Terrain of Saint Helena:
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Top cities of Saint Helena


City Name Population State Coordinates
1 Jamestown 637 people Saint Helena -15.93872 x -5.71675
2 Georgetown 538 people Ascension -7.93333 x -14.41667
3 Edinburgh of the Seven Seas 271 people Tristan da Cunha -37.06757 x -12.31155

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