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Country name conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Montserrat
Gevernment typeNA
Capital name: Plymouth
geographic coordinates: 16 44 N, 62 14 W
time difference: UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
note: Plymouth was abandoned in 1997 due to volcanic activity; interim government buildings have been built at Brades Estate, in the Carr's Bay/Little Bay vicinity at the northwest end of Montserrat
Flag descriptionblue, with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Montserratian coat of arms centered in the outer half of the flag; the coat of arms features a woman standing beside a yellow harp with her arm around a black cross
CurrencyEast Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Internet country code.ms
Ports and terminalsPlymouth
Agriculture productscabbages, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, peppers; livestock products
Industriestourism, rum, textiles, electronic appliances
Geography
LocationCaribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, southeast of Puerto Rico
Coordinates16 45 N, 62 12 W
ContinentCentral America and the Caribbean
Area total: 102 sq km
land: 102 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Boundaries0 km
Coastline40 km
Climatetropical; little daily or seasonal temperature variation
Terrainvolcanic island, mostly mountainous, with small coastal lowland
Natural resourcesNEGL
Natural hazardssevere hurricanes (June to November); volcanic eruptions (Soufriere Hills volcano has erupted continuously since 1995)
People
Population9,439
note: an estimated 8,000 refugees left the island following the resumption of volcanic activity in July 1995; some have returned (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsblack, white
ReligionsAnglican, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Seventh-Day Adventist, other Christian denominations
LanguagesEnglish

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