Where is Anguilla?

Located in the Caribbean, east of Puerto Rico, Anguilla is an island nation. It has a 61.00 km coastline.

The Valley is well known for its colonial buildings. The most notable of these are Wellblake House which is the island of Anguilla's oldest structure. It was restored and now has period stables, kitchen and staff quarters that offer a glimpse into the island’s colonial past. Tourists who visit the island can choose amongst a variety of hotels found in The Valley. Unfortunately, the Hurricane Season has dealt several hard blows over the years leading to the destruction of infrastructure, hotel buildings, and tourist confidence. Some notable hurricanes are Hurricane Luis in 1995, Hurricane Lenny in 2000, and Hurricane Irma in 2017. The island is served by the Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport which is located in the capital. Other than taxis there is no public transport and drivers keep to the left.

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Anguilla is a North American country covering 91.00 km2. and about one-half the size of Washington, DC. Its geographic coordinates are 18 15 N, 63 10 W and The Valley is the capital city.

The name Anguilla means "eel" in various Romance languages.

Its ISO code is AI.

Geography

Anguilla has a mean elevation of 0 m above sea level.

It has a tropical climate which is affected by northeast trade winds. It is a flat and low-lying island made of coral and limestone.

Population

Anguilla has a population of 16,752 making it the 219th largest in the world. The population is mostly concentrated in the center of the island.

English is the official language. The major ethnic groups reported are African/black, hispanic, or mixed. The population is predominantly Protestant, with Anglicans and Methodists representing the largest groups.

Standard English is the island’s official language, that is, it is used in official communications, it is used by the media, and it is also the language of instruction in schools. However, Creole is the language of the people and is more commonly used in informal social situations. The standard English spoken on the island is heavily influenced by British English.

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The dialing code for the country is -263.

Government

It is a territory of the United Kingdom. Its constitution was last ratified in 1982.

The government of Anguilla is both a parliamentary democratic dependency where the head of government is the chief minister. The United Nations Committee on decolonization categorizes Anguilla as one of the non-self-governing territories of the world. The current governor is Tim Foy, and the chief minister is Victor Banks. They have served since August 2017 and April 2015 respectively. Tim Foy is the 13th Governor of Anguilla. The House of Parliament is on Parliament Drive in The Valley. The official residence of the governor is The Government House, in Old Ta. The governor does not hold any term limits and represents the British monarch. The governor then appoints the chief minister to lead the House of Assembly.

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Economy

Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Anguilla's GDP is $175,400,000.00 (USD) with $12,200.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 220th largest economy and its citizens the 119th richest in the world. The currency of Anguilla is the Dollar (XCD).

Its major imports include fuels, foodstuffs, and manufactures.

Flag

The current Anguillan flag is the Blue Ensign. It was officially adopted in 1990, after Brian Canty, a former Governor of Anguilla, had his sketches of the flag approved by Her Majesty, the Queen. The current flag incorporates both the previous Three Dolphins Flag and the British Union Jack. The dolphins are a unifying symbol of friendship and continuity. The colors pay tribute to the people of Anguilla, to the island itself and to the surrounding environment. The Anguillan Blue Ensign is also used in the sea by the vessels owned by the state.

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This page was last modified on February 6th, 2018