Place:São Tomé and Príncipe


NameSão Tomé and Príncipe
Alt namesRepública democrática de São Tomé e Príncipesource: Britannica Book of the Year (1991) p 693; Britannica Book of the Year (1993) p 707
Santo Tomé y Príncipesource: UN Terminology Bulletin (1993) p 78
Sao Tome and Principesource: Cambridge World Gazetteer (1990) p 572; NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (1996-1998); UN Terminology Bulletin (1993) p 78
São Tomé e Príncipesource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Coordinates1°N 7°E
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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São Tomé and Príncipe ( or  ; ) officially the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, is a Portuguese-speaking island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa.

It consists of two archipelagos around the two main islands: São Tomé and Príncipe, located about apart and about , respectively, off the northwestern coast of Gabon. Both islands are part of an extinct volcanic mountain range. São Tomé, the sizable southern island, is situated just north of the equator. It was named in honour of Saint Thomas by Portuguese explorers who arrived at the island on his feast day on the western shores of the island, a small village called Anobom.

With a census population of 192,993 (2013), São Tomé and Príncipe is the second-smallest African country, behind Seychelles. It is also the smallest Portuguese-speaking country.


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