Quick Facts

  • Officially the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome/Principe
  • Consists of two islands, Sao Tome and Principe, which are part of a volcanic mountain range and located off of the NW coast of Gabon
  • Independence: 1975 (from Portugal)
  • Capital: Sao Tome (pop. 71,000)
  • Official language: Portuguese
  • Climate: tropical
  • Economy: based on plantation agriculture
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Population: 194,006
  • Literacy rate: 74.9%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A republic
  • Chief of state: President Manuel Pinto Da Costa (since 2011)  –  elected by popular vote
    Head of government: Prime Minister Patrice Emery Trovoada (since 2014) – chosen by the National Assembly and approved by the president

Healthcare Statistics

  • Infant mortality rate: 53.21/1,000 births
  • Maternal mortality rate: 156/100,000
  • Life expectancy: 64.58 years
  • Health expenditures: 6.9% GDP
  • Physicians density: 0.49/1,000
  • Hospital density: 2.9/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 0.78%
  • Infectious disease risk: high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, dengue fever, schistosomiasis
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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