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Guadeloupe
Overseas region o Fraunce

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Kintra  Fraunce
Prefectur Basse-Terre
Depairtments 1
Government
 • Preses Jacques Gillot
Area
 • Total 1,628 km2 (629 sq mi)
Population (1 Januar 2008)[1]
 • Total 405,500
 • Density 250/km2 (650/sq mi)
Time zone ECT (UTC-04)
ISO 3166 code GP
GDP/ Nominal € 7.75 billion (2006)[citation needit]
NUTS Region FR9
Website www.guadeloupe.pref.gouv.fr, www.cr-guadeloupe.fr, www.cg971.fr

Guadeloupe (play /ɡwɑːdəˈlp/; French pronunciation: [ɡwadəlup]; Antillean Creole: Gwadloup) is a Caribbean island locatit in the Leeward Islands, in the Lesser Antilles, wi a land aurie o 1,628 square kilometres (629 sq. mi) an a population of 400,000.[1] It is an owerseas region o Fraunce, consistin o a single owerseas depairtment. Its depairtmental code is "971". As the ither owerseas depairtments, Guadeloupe is an integral pairt o the Republic an aw. Besides Guadeloupe island, the smawer islands o Marie-Galante, La Désirade, an the Îles des Saintes are includit in Guadeloupe.

As pairt o Fraunce, Guadeloupe is pairt o the European Union an the Eurozone; hence, as for aw Eurozone kintras, its currency is the Euro.[2] Housomeivver, Guadeloupe is no pairt o the Schengen Aurie. The prefectur an the caipital o Guadeloupe is Basse-Terre. Christopher Columbus namit the island Santa María de Guadalupe in 1493 efter the Virgin Mary, veneratit in the Spainyie toun o Guadalupe, in Extremadura.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Figure without the territories of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy detached from Guadeloupe on 22 February 2007.
  2. Guadeloupe is pictured on aw Euro banknotes, on the backside at the bottom o each note, richt o the Greek ΕΥΡΩ (EURO) next tae the denomination.

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