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General Facts

Area: 1,628 km2 (629 sq miles)

Capital City: Basse-Terre

Population: 402,119 (2013 census)

Official Languages: French

Boarding Countries: None (Island)

Coastline: 306 km (190 miles)

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Government: Regional Council 


The climate is tropical, hot and humid all year round, with a relatively cool and dry season from January to mid-April and a hot, humid and rainy season from mid-June to mid-November. The average monthly temperatures remain remarkably stable, varying by only about 3º C (5º F) year-round. The average air temperatures in coastal areas range from 22º to 30º C (72º to 86º F) and in inland areas, from 19º to 27º C (66º to 81º F).

Five Largest Cities/Towns: 

1. Les Abymes (63,058)

2. Baie-Mahault (30,551)

3. Le Gosier (28,698)

4. Petit-Bourg (24,994)

5. Sainte-Anne (22,859)

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