Martinique

Status: Overseas Department

Prefect: Michel Cadot (2000)

Land area: 409 sq mi (1,059 sq km); total area: 425 sq mi (1,100 sq km)

Population (2006 est.): 436,131 (growth rate: 0.7%); birth rate: 13.7/1000; infant mortality rate: 7.0/1000; life expectancy: 79.2; density per sq mi: 1,067

Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Fort-de-France, 170,300 (metro. area), 96,400 (city proper)

Other large cities: Le Lamentin, 36,400; Schoelcher, 21,400; Sainte-Marie, 20,600

Monetary unit: Franc

Languages: French, Creole patois

Ethnicity/race: African and African-white-Indian mixture 90%, white 5%, East Indian, Lebanese, Chinese less than 5%

Religions: Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant 10.5%, Muslim 0.5%, Hindu 0.5%, other 3.5% (1997)

Literacy rate: 97.7% (2003 est.)

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2003 est.): $6.117 billion; per capita $14,400. Real growth rate: n.a. Inflation: 3.9% (1990). Unemployment: 27.2% (1998). Arable land: 10%. Agriculture: pineapples, avocados, bananas, flowers, vegetables, sugarcane. Labor force: 165,900 (1998); agriculture 10%, industry 17%, services 73% (1997). Industries: construction, rum, cement, oil refining, sugar, tourism. Natural resources: coastal scenery and beaches, cultivable land. Exports: $250 million (f.o.b., 1997): refined petroleum products, bananas, rum, pineapples (2001 est.). Imports: $2 billion (c.i.f., 1997): petroleum products, crude oil, foodstuffs, construction materials, vehicles, clothing and other consumer goods. Major trading partners: France, Guadeloupe, Venezuela, Germany, Italy, U.S. (2004).

Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 172,000 est. (2001); mobile cellular: 319,900 (2002). Radio broadcast stations: AM 0, FM 14, shortwave 0 (1998). Television broadcast stations: 11 (plus nine repeaters) (1997). Internet hosts: n.a. Internet users: 5,000 (2000).

Transportation: Railways: 0 km. Highways: total: 2,105 ; paved: n.a. km; unpaved: n.a. km (2000). Ports and harbors: Fort-de-France, La Trinite, Marin. Airports: 2 (2004 est.).

International disputes: none.

Major sources and definitions

flag of Martinique

Martinique, a mountainous island lying in the Lesser Antilles about 300 mi (483 km) northeast of Venezuela, was probably explored by Columbus in 1502 and was taken for France in 1635. Martinique became a domain of the French crown in 1674. It became an overseas department of France in 1946.

See also Encyclopedia: Martinique.


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