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Montserrat - Geography 1989
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Geographic coordinates

Map reference


Land boundaries: none

Coastline: 40 km

Maritime claims
Exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Territorial sea: 3 nm

Climate: tropical; little daily or seasonal temperature variation

Terrain: volcanic islands, mostly mountainous, with small coastal lowland


Natural resources: negligible
Land use

Land use: 20% arable land; 0% permanent crops; 10% meadows and pastures; 40% forest and woodland; 30% other

Irrigated land

Major rivers

Major watersheds area km²

Total water withdrawal

Total renewable water resources

Natural hazards

Note: defense is the responsibility of the UK

Montserrat - People 1989
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Population: 12,428 (July 1989), growth rate 0.3% (1989)

Nationality: noun - Montserratian(s; adjective - Montserratian

Ethnic groups: mostly black with a few Europeans

Languages: English

Religions: Anglican, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Seventh-Day Adventist, other Christian denominations

Demographic profile
Age structure

Age structure

Dependency ratios

Median age

Population growth rate

Birth rate: 14 births/1000 population (1989)

Death rate: 10 deaths/1000 population (1989)

Net migration rate: - 1 migrant/1000 population (1989)

Population distribution


Major urban areas

Current issues: subject to severe hurricanes from June to November

Air pollutants

Sex ratio

Mothers mean age at first birth

Maternal mortality ratio

Infant mortality rate: 9 deaths/1000 live births (1989)

Life expectancy at birth: 74 years male, 80 years female (1989)

Total fertility rate: 1.9 children born/woman (1989)

Contraceptive prevalence rate

Drinking water source

Current health expenditure

Physicians density

Hospital bed density

Sanitation facility access


Major infectious diseases

Obesity adult prevalence rate

Alcohol consumption

Tobacco use

Children under the age of 5 years underweight

Education expenditures

Literacy: 77%

School life expectancy primary to tertiary education

Youth unemployment

Montserrat - Government 1989
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Country name: conventional long form: none

Government type: colony of the UK

Capital: Plymouth

Administrative divisions: 3 parishes; Saint Anthony, Saint Georges, Saint Peter

Dependent areas

Independence: none (colony of the UK)

National holiday: Celebration of the Birthday of the Queen (second Saturday of June), 10 June 1989

Constitution: 1 January 1960

Legal system: English common law and statute law

International law organization participation


Suffrage: universal over age 18

Executive branch: Chief of State - Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor Christopher J. TURNER (since 1987; Head of Government - Chief Minister John A. OSBORNE (since 1978)

Legislative branch: Executive Council presided over by governor, consisting of two ex officio members (attorney general and financial officer) and four unofficial members (chief minister and three other ministers; Legislative Council presided over by speaker chosen from outside the Council, seven elected, two official, and two nominated members

Judicial branch

Political parties and leaders

International organization participation

Diplomatic representation
In the us: none (colony of the UK)

Flag descriptionflag of Montserrat: blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Montserratian coat of arms centered in the outer half of the flag; the coat of arms features a woman standing beside a yellow harp with her arm around a black cross

National symbols

National anthem

National heritage

Montserrat - Economy 1989
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Economy overview: The economy is small and open with economic activity centered on tourism and construction. Tourism is the most important sector and accounted for 20% of GDP in 1986. Agriculture accounted for about 4% of GDP and industry 9%. The economy is heavily dependent on imports, making it vulnerable to fluctuations in world prices. Exports consist mainly of electronic parts sold to the US.

Real gdp purchasing power parity

Real gdp growth rate

Real gdp per capita ppp

Gross national saving
Gdp composition by sector of origin

Gdp composition by end use

Gdp composition by sector of origin

Agriculture products: cotton, limes, potatoes, tomatoes, hot peppers, livestock

Industries: tourism; light manufacturing - rum, textiles, electronic appliances

Industrial production growth rate: 8.1% (1986)

Labor force: 5,100; 40.5% community, social, and personal services, 13.5% construction, 12.3% trade, restaurants, and hotels, 10.5% manufacturing, 8.8% agriculture, forestry, and fishing, 14.4% other (1983 est.)
Labor force

Unemployment rate: 3.0% (1987)

Youth unemployment

Population below poverty line

Gini index

Household income or consumption by percentage share

Distribution of family income gini index

Budget: revenues $10.0 million; expenditures $9.4 million, including capital expenditures of $3.2 million (1987)

Public debt

Taxes and other revenues


Fiscal year: 1 April-31 March

Current account balance

Inflation rate consumer prices

Central bank discount rate

Commercial bank prime lending rate

Stock of narrow money

Stock of broad money

Stock of domestic credit

Market value of publicly traded shares

Current account balance

Exports: $3.0 million (f.o.b., 1987)
Commodities: plastic bags, electronic parts, apparel, hot peppers, live plants, cattle
Partners: NA

Imports: $25.3 million (c.i.f., 1987)
Commodities: machinery and transportation equipment, foodstuffs, manufactured goods, fuels, lubricants, and related materials
Partners: NA

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold

Debt external: $3.7 million (1985)

Stock of direct foreign investment at home

Stock of direct foreign investment abroad

Exchange rates: East Caribbean dollars (EC$) per US$1 - 2.70 (fixed rate since 1976)

Montserrat - Energy 1989
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Electricity access

Electricity production

Electricity consumption

Electricity exports

Electricity imports

Electricity installed generating capacity

Electricity transmission distribution losses

Electricity generation sources


Refined petroleum

Natural gas

Carbon dioxide emissions

Energy consumption per capita

Montserrat - Communication 1989
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Telephones fixed lines

Telephones mobile cellular

Telephone system

Broadcast media

Internet country code

Internet users

Broadband fixed subscriptions

Montserrat - Military 1989
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Military expenditures

Military and security forces

Military service age and obligation

Terrorist groups

Montserrat - Transportation 1989
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National air transport system

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix

Airports: 1 with permanent-surface runway 1,036.32 m

Airports with paved runways

Airports with unpaved runways






Merchant marine

Ports and terminals

Montserrat - Transnational issues 1989
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Disputes international

Refugees and internally displaced persons

Illicit drugs

Crystal Travel

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