Living in Sao Tome and Principe guide

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About Sao Tome adn Principe

São Tomé and Príncipe occupies the land area of just 1,000 square kilometres and has the population of just under 200,000 people. The residents of the island are of mixed origin, and several languages are actively spoken on the island ' Portuguese, Forro, Algolar, Principense, and others.

The capital and largest city of the region is São Tomé, and the capital of Principe Island is Santo António.

São Tomé and Príncipe's economy has suffered a significant downturn since achieving its independence from Portugal in 1975, which has led to a poorer infrastructure and the decline in the production and export of cocoa ' once the island's principal industry. Today, the economy is rehabilitating, and there is a lot of potential in the growth of the tourism industry.

Both islands offer wonderful opportunities for nature tourism but Príncipe, the smaller island with just over 7,000 inhabitants, offers a true escape into the 'lost world'. Here, you will explore the island's lush jungle forests, relax on one of the empty sandy beaches, snorkel, bird watch, and more.

Residents of 61 countries can travel to the islands visa-free for various periods of time while others can get a visa on arrival. Residents of certain countries will require a visa prior to arrival ' this can be done online via the e-visa system.

Quick Information

Official Languages : Portuguese
Currency : Dobra
Area : 1001 Km2
Population : 175808
Calling Code : +239
Timezone : Africa/Sao_Tome

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