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Guadeloupe Overview

Guadeloupe is a group of islands in the eastern Caribbean that previously belonged to Sweden. It is today a French department, and a popular tourist destination with which attracts with tropical rainforest, mountains and beautiful beaches.

Capital: Basse-Terre
Biggest city: Pointe-à-Pitre
State: French territory
Language: French
Religion: catholicism
Surface: 1 628 km²
Population: 444 100 (2010)
Population density: 249 residents per km²
Life expectancy: 81 years
Currency: euro (EUR)
1 euro = 9.76 kr
Time difference: -4 hours
Electricity: 220 V AC, 50Hz
National Day: July 14
Country area code: 590
2-Letter country abbreviation: GP (See more abbreviations on Abbreviationfinder)
Business: service sector 65%, industry 20%, agriculture 15%
Climate: subtropical, mitigated by trade winds

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Guadeloupe consists of the two main islands Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, which are connected by a bridge, as well as the three smaller islands La Désirade, Marie-Galante and Les Saintes. There are also two uninhabited islands, Îles de la Petite Terre, located 10 km southeast of Grande-Terre. Until 2007, Saint-Barthélemy and Saint Martin also belonged to Guadeloupe, but are now separate ministries.

The western part, Basse-Terre, has a dramatic nature and, despite its name, is the highest part. The landscape is hilly and there is a national park with rainforest. There is also the active volcano La Grande Soufriére which you can climb, as well as the highest waterfall in the eastern Caribbean. The eastern part, Grande-Terre, is much more low-lying and is lined to the south by chalk-white sandy beaches and swaying palm trees. This is also where most hotels are located.

Guadeloupe belonged between 1813-1814 to Sweden, which received the islands as a gift from Great Britain. They had previously been conquered from France during the war against Napoleon. Guadeloupe was returned to France at the Peace of Paris in 1814, in exchange for 24 million gold francs.

The British TV series Death in Paradise was filmed in Guadeloupe, but is called Saint-Marie in the series.


Weather in Basse-Terre

Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Christmas Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average temperature °C 24 24 25 26 27 27 27 27 27 27 26 25
Day °C 28 28 28 29 30 31 31 31 31 30 29 28
Night °C 20 20 21 22 23 24 24 23 23 23 22 21
Rain (mm) 80 60 70 110 150 120 160 190 230 220 220 140

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According to Countryaah, Pointe-à-Pitre is Guadeloupe’s largest city which also houses a major port as well as the university. The marina is a lively tourist activity with a focus on sailors. From the port you can reach the islands of Marie-Galante, Les Saintes and La Désirade by boat.