The country has 365 beaches, one sandy beach for every day of the year. It attracts many tourists to the archipelago.
Key figures and facts
- Capital: Saint John’s
- Ethnic groups: African origin 87.3%, African + European origin 4.7%, European origin 1.6%, other 6.4% (2011)
- Language: English (official), local dialects
- Religion: Protestants 68.3%, Roman Catholics 8.2%, others 12.2%, unspecified/none 11.4% (2011)
- Population: 102 000 (2017)
- Control Form: Constitutional monarchy
- Area: 440 km2
- Currency: East Caribbean Dollar
- GNP per capita: 22 661 PPP $
- National Day: November 1st
In 2013, the population of Antigua and Barbuda was estimated at 89 985 (World Bank). Life expectancy is 78.1 years for women and 73.3 years for men. The residents are mainly of African origin and are descendants of slaves who were brought to Antigua to work on sugar plantations. The vast majority, approximately 98%, reside in Antigua; the others at Barbuda. The only settlement on Barbuda is Codrington, located by a lagoon on the island’s west side. Redonda is uninhabited. The largest city is the capital of Saint John’s.
The official language is English.
The majority of the population belongs to the Anglican Church. There are Catholic and Protestant minorities.