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Part of the British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic, Saint Helena is known for its unique flora and fauna, as well as its historical importance as a stopover for ships.
Discovered by Portuguese navigator, Joao de Nova, in 1502, Saint Helena became a fortress of the English East India Company, in 1659; for vessels on the newly opened trade routes.
Its capital is Jamestown.
Saint Helena Country Information
Charles II declared that the island should always be a part of England, in 1673, and.... 'that its subjects and their children should be regarded as if they had been abiding and born within this our realme of England'.
After the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon was exiled on this volcanic rock until his death in 1821.
The St. Helena's Coat of Arms has the motto: Loyal and Unshakeable, and the banknotes still proclaim the authority of the Queen and Parliament of England.
Although the islanders are a fusion of former African and Indian slaves, Chinese and Malay labourers, Boer prisoners, and homeless Londoners from the Great Fire of 1966, the St. Helenians feel themselves British and helped the task force along to the Falklands in 1982.
5,500 Britons live on the isolated island, although they sometimes feel forgotten by the motherland.
The island can not support itself, so the British Government helps bail out the British Overseas Territories (Anguilla, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St Helena, Tristan de Cunha and The Turks and Caicos Islands).
St Helena also received EU aid to help improve access to the island and promote economic development.
St Helena is a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean, one of the safest and most remote islands in the world boasting a pristine terrestrial and marine environment.
St Helena, together with Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, forms a single UK Overseas Territory; three unique and precious island groups in the South Atlantic.
Getting To Saint Helena
The Overseas Territory of Saint Helena is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world and, until recently, could only be reached by sea.
Until the airport on Saint Helena was built, it took five days to reach Saint Helena from Cape Town, by ship; or half that from Ascension Island.
St Helena has a wide variety of fascinating locations.
Jamestown, the islands capital, can keep you occupied for much of the day.
Venture further afield and you will discover the many reasons why St Helena was such an important location for so many years.
Getting around St Helena Island requires a little pre-planning to save precious holiday time and ensure you don’t miss out on all important experiences.
St Helena Yacht Club is the only yacht club in the South Atlantic Ocean.
St Helena Airport
The planned airport, with a 2,250m runway, which was to be established near the eastern coast - at Prosperous Bay Plain - was put on hold, in December 2008.
On 22 July 2010, the Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, confirmed DFIDs willingness to finance an airport for St Helena if four conditions were met.
In November 2011, it was announced that Basil Read had entered into a Design, Build and Operate (DBO) contract with the St. Helena Government.
The innaugural flight to St Helena was made on 14th October, 2017.
Saint Helena Community
Stay in tune with Saint Helena's community radio station on Saint FM.
The St Helena Independent was St Helena's first ever online Newspaper.
The newspaper has been in operation since 11th November 2005 and has developed from a limited 11 page E-newspaper to a widely read printed paper expanding to 40+ pages.
The St. Helena Research Institute was launced in November 2019, to create and promote opportunities for research, innovation and the advancement of learning, ensuring that research and new knowledge is accessible and used for the benefit of St Helena.
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