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Facts about Sao Tome and Principe
|Administrative divisions:||2 provinces; Principe , Sao Tome note: Principe has had self government since 29 April 1995|
|Area:||total: 1 ,001 sq km land: 1 ,001 sq km water: 0 sq km|
|Background:||Discovered and claimed by Portugal in the late 15th century , the islands' sugar-based economy gave way to coffee and cocoa in the 19th century - all grown with plantation slave labor , a form of which lingered into the 20th century. While independence was achieved in 1975 , democratic reforms were not instituted until the late 1980s. The country held its first free elections in 1991 , but frequent internal wrangling between the various political parties precipitated repeated changes in leadership and two failed coup attempts in 1995 and 2003. The recent discovery of oil in the Gulf of Guinea promises to attract increased attention to the small island nation.|
|Flag description:||three horizontal bands of green (top) , yellow (double width) , and green with two black five-pointed stars placed side by side in the center of the yellow band and a red isosceles triangle based on the hoist side; uses the popular pan-African colors of Ethiopia|
|Capital:||name: Sao Tome geographic coordinates: 0 12 N , 6 39 E time difference: UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington , DC during Standard Time)|
|Climate:||tropical; hot , humid; one rainy season (October to May)|
|Ethnic groups:||mestico , angolares (descendants of Angolan slaves) , forros (descendants of freed slaves) , servicais (contract laborers from Angola , Mozambique , and Cape Verde) , tongas (children of servicais born on the islands) , Europeans (primarily Portuguese)|
|Geographic coordinates:||1 00 N , 7 00 E|
|Geography note:||the smallest country in Africa; the two main islands form part of a chain of extinct volcanoes and both are mountainous|
|Imports partners:||Portugal 60.5% , US 11.2% , Gabon 4.3% (2007)|
|Internet country code:||.st|
|Land boundaries:||209 km|
|Neighbouring countries:||0 km|
|Location:||Western Africa , islands in the Gulf of Guinea , straddling the Equator , west of Gabon|
|National holiday:||Independence Day , 12 July (1975)|
|Nationality:||noun: Sao Tomean(s) adjective: Sao Tomean|
|Population:||206 ,178 (July 2008 est.)|
|Religions:||Catholic 70.3% , Evangelical 3.4% , New Apostolic 2% , Adventist 1.8% , other 3.1% , none 19.4% (2001 census)|
|Terrain:||volcanic , mountainous|
Capital of Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe
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