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Coordinates: 16°15′N 61°35′W / 16.250°N 61.583°W / 16.250; -61.583


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Banner o Guadeloupe
Kintra Fraunce
 • Preses o the General CooncilJacques Gillot
 • Total1628 km2 (629 sq mi)
 (1 Januar 2008)[1]
 • Total405,500
 • Density250/km2 (650/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-04 (ECT)
ISO 3166 codeGP
GDP (2006)[citation needit]Rankit {{{GDP_rank}}}
Tot€7.75 billion (US${{{GDP_US$}}} bn)
NUTS RegionFR9
Websitewww.guadeloupe.pref.gouv.fr, www.cr-guadeloupe.fr, www.cg971.fr

Guadeloupe (French pronunciation: ​[ɡwadlup]; Guadeloupean 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 Spaingie toun o Guadalupe, in Extremadura.

  1. a b Figure athoot the territories o Saint-Martin an Saint-Barthélemy detached frae Guadeloupe on 22 Februar 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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