Sao Tome and Principe
Republica Democratica de Sao Tome e Principe

Capital
Sao Tome

Area
386 sq mi
1,001 sq km


Population
175,883 est 2003

Largest city
Sao Tome
pop. 53,300


Languages
Portuguese (official)

Peoples
Mestico, Angolares (descendants of Angolan slaves), Forros (descendants of freed slaves), Servicais (contract laborers from Angola, Mozambique, and Cape Verde), Tongas (children of servicais born on the islands), Europeans (primarily Portuguese)

Religion
Christian 80% (Roman Catholic, Evangelical Protestant, Seventh-Day Adventist)

Life Expectancy
total population: 66.63 years
male: 65.11 years
female: 68.21 years (2004 est.)


Literacy
total population: 79.3%
male: 85%
female: 62% (1991 est.)


Suffrage
18 years of age; universal

Government
Republic


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