Antigua and Barbuda

island sovereign state in the Caribbean Sea

Antigua and Barbuda is an island nation in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. Antigua and Barbuda are part of the Lesser Antilles archipelago. In 2011, about 81,800 people lived there. The capital and largest port and city is St. John's, on Antigua. The country used to be a part of the British Empire. The nation still belongs to the British Commonwealth.

Antigua and Barbuda
Motto: "Each Endeavouring, All Achieving"
Anthem: Fair Antigua, We Salute Thee
Location of Antigua and Barbuda
and largest city
Saint John's
17°7′N 61°51′W / 17.117°N 61.850°W / 17.117; -61.850
Official languagesEnglish
Local languageAntiguan Creole
Ethnic groups
  • 91% Black
  • 4.4% Mixed
  • 1.7% White
  • 2.9% other
  • Antiguan
  • Barbudan
GovernmentParliamentary democracy
under unitary constitutional
• Monarch
Charles III
Rodney Williams[1]
Gaston Browne
House of Representatives
• from the United Kingdom
1 November 1981
• Total
440 km2 (170 sq mi) (195th)
• Water (%)
• 2011 census
• Density
186/km2 (481.7/sq mi)
GDP (PPP)2012 estimate
• Total
$1.579 billion[2]
• Per capita
GDP (nominal)2012 estimate
• Total
$1.176 billion[2]
• Per capita
HDI (2011)Increase 0.764
high · 60th
CurrencyEast Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
Driving sideleft
Calling code+1-268
ISO 3166 codeAG
  1. God Save The Queen is the official national anthem, but is generally used only on regal and vice-regal occasions.

The original inhabitants of Antigua and Barbuda were indigenous the Taino and the Kalinago.

Divisions change

Administration change

Parishes of Antigua

Antigua and Barbuda is divided into six parishes and two dependencies:

Note: Though Barbuda and Redonda are called dependencies, they are important parts of the state. Dependency is simply a title.

Cities change

Below is a list of the ten largest cities. For other cities see List of cities in Antigua and Barbuda.

  1. Saint John's 22,634
  2. All Saints 3,412
  3. Liberta 2,239
  4. Potter's Village 2,067
  5. Bolans 1,785
  6. Swetes 1,573
  7. Seaview Farm 1,486
  8. Pigotts 1,363
  9. Parham 1,276
  10. Clare Hall 1,273

Islands change

Below is a list of the islands of the country.

Economy change

Tourism is the main part of the economy. It is more than half of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Antigua is famous for its many luxury resorts. Investment banking and financial services are also important.

Military change

The Royal Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force has 285 members.

Languages change

English is the official language, but many of the locals speak Antiguan Creole. The Barbudan accent is slightly different from the Antiguan.

Related pages change

References change

  1. Christian, Kyle (August 15, 2014). "Sir Rodney sworn in as new Governor General". The Daily Observer. Archived from the original on 1 May 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Antigua and Barbuda". International Monetary Fund. Retrieved 2013-04-18.

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