18 Monumental Facts about Montserrat
- Montserrat is a British Overseas Territory located in the Caribbean Sea.
- Its nearest countries are St. Kitts and Nevis to the North West, Antigua and Barbuda to the North East and Guadeloupe to the South East.
- It has a total area of only 39.4 square miles (102 square kilometres).
- For the explorers amongst you, the coordinates for Montserrat are 16.7500° N, 62.2000°
- Montserrat’s population was 5,215 in 2019. This figure is so low because an estimated 8,000 people fled in 1995 due to an unfortunate volcanic eruption.
- Plymouth was the capital before the volcano erupted, but Brades has since become the new capital. Brades has an approximate population of 1000.
- The terrain here is mostly mountainous with an active volcano in the South of the island.
- Montserrat enjoys a tropical climate with little temperature variation throughout the seasons.
- The average life expectancy here is 74 years.
- The currency of Montserrat is the East Caribbean Dollar, making it nice and easy should you wish to hop across to any neighbouring islands for the day!
- Montserrat is the only country other than Ireland to recognise Saint Patrick’s Day as a public holiday!
- If you’re a food lover like us then you’ll be in heaven here! You can walk over to a beach shack and order delicacies such as lobster burgers, coconut cream pie and garlic shrimp all whilst listening to live reggae music and sipping ginger beer. Bliss!
- Montserrat’s official language is English.
- The island is often referred to as the ‘Emerald Isle of the Caribbean’ because of its similarity in shape to Ireland!
- They grow carrots, cabbages, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, peppers and produce livestock products here.
- Perhaps unsurprisingly, the country’s main industry is tourism. It does, however, also produce rum, textiles and electronic products.
- Montserrat exports electronic components, clothing, plants, vegetables, livestock and plastic bags!
- The international dialling code for this sunny country is +1664.
Related 'British Overseas Territory' Facts