Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Saint Helena, Jamestown Cost of Living April 2010

Country Full Name: Saint Helena. Status: British Overseas Territory.

Location: St Helena (Overseas territory of the UK) is comprised of islands in the South Atlantic Ocean, about midway between South America and Africa; Ascension Island lies 700 nm northwest of Saint Helena; Tristan da Cunha lies 2,300 nm southwest of Saint Helena.

Country Climate: Saint Helena: tropical marine; mild, tempered by trade winds
Ascension Island: tropical marine; mild, semi-arid
Tristan da Cunha: temperate marine; mild, tempered by trade winds (tends to be cooler than Saint Helena).

Country Terrain: The islands of this group result from volcanic activity associated with the Atlantic Mid-Ocean Ridge
Saint Helena: rugged, volcanic; small scattered plateaus and plains
Ascension: surface covered by lava flows and cinder cones of 44 dormant volcanoes; ground rises to the east
Tristan da Cunha: sheer cliffs line the coastline of the nearly circular island; the flanks of the central volcanic peak are deeply dissected; narrow coastal plain lies between The Peak and the coastal cliffs.

Major Languages: English.

Major Religions: Christianity.

Country Population: 0.004 million (2008 est.) 0.004 million (2009 est.).

Country Economy: The economy of St Helena is very weak, and the island is almost entirely sustained by aid from London. The public sector dominates the economy, accounting for about half of GDP.

Currency: Saint Helenian Pound (SHP).

Country Inflation: N/A.

City: Jamestown is the capital of the island of Saint Helena.

City Economy: Jamestown is the island's port, with facilities for unloading goods delivered to the island, and the centre of the island's road and communications network.
Cost of Living: Jamestown has an overall cost of living index which equates it with middle cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Jamestown is currently ranked 118 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.

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