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Sao Tome and Principe


    • Location:
      Western Africa, island in the Atlantic Ocean, straddling the equator, west of Gabon

    • Map references:
      Africa

    • Area:

        total area:
        960 sq km

        land area:
        960 sq km

        comparative area:
        slightly less than 5.5 times the size of Washington, DC

    • Land boundaries:
      0 km

    • Coastline:
      209 km

    • Maritime claims:
      measured from claimed archipelagic baselines

        exclusive economic zone:
        200 nm

        territorial sea:
        12 nm

    • International disputes:
      none

    • Climate:
      tropical; hot, humid; one rainy season (October to May)

    • Terrain:
      volcanic, mountainous

    • Natural resources:
      fish

    • Land use:

        arable land:
        1%

        permanent crops:
        20%

        meadows and pastures:
        1%

        forest and woodland:
        75%

        other:
        3%

    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        deforestation; soil erosion and exhaustion

        natural hazards:
        NA

        international agreements:
        party to - Environmental Modification, Law of the Sea; signed, but not ratified - Biodiversity, Climate Change






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