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Capital: Basse Terre
Climate: The temperature on the coasts varies between 22°C and 30° C but is about 3°C lower in the interior. January to April is the dry season, July to November is the wet season wiuth most rain falling from September to November. Temperatures are moiderated by year round trade winds.
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Currency: The official currency is the Euro. Most banks and bank machines accept most international credit cards. Credit cards and traveller cheques are accepted almost everywhere.
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Economy: The economy depends on agriculture, tourism, light industry, and services. It also depends on France for large subsidies and imports. Tourism is a key industry, with most tourists from the US; an increasingly large number of cruise ships visit the islands. The traditional sugarcane crop is slowly being replaced by other crops, such as bananas (which now supply about 50% of export earnings), eggplant, and flowers. Other vegetables and root crops are cultivated for local consumption, although Guadeloupe is still dependent on imported food, mainly from France. Light industry features sugar and rum production. Most manufactured goods and fuel are imported. Unemployment is especially high among the young. Hurricanes periodically devastate the economy.
Electricity: Voltage is 220, 50 Hz, European standard wall plugs. Transformers and adaptors are necessary for American appliances.
Geographic Coordinates:16 15 N, 61 35 W.
Internet Access: There are cybercafes in Saint-François, Sainte Anne, Mare-Gaillard, Pointe-à-Pitre.
Official Language: French. Most people speak creole.
Political Status: Overseas department of France.
Population: 435,739 (July 2002 est.)
Time: GMT - 4 year-round.