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Overview of Guadeloupe


Guadeloupe is an archipelago located in the Leeward Islands, in the Lesser Antilles, with a land area of 1,628 square kilometres (629 sq. mi) and a population of 400,000. It is the first overseas region of France, consisting of a single overseas department. As with the other overseas departments, Guadeloupe is also one of the twenty-six regions of France (being an overseas region) and an integral part of the Republic.


Language: French, Creole

Capital: Basse-Terre

Prefecture: Basse-Terre

Departments: 1

- President Victorin Lurel (PS)

- Total 1,628 km2

Population (1 January 2008)
- Total 405,500
- Density 249.1/km2

Time zone: ECT (UTC-04)

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Money: euro (?); ?1 = US$1.56 = UK£0.79

Country code: 590