Want to increase your knowledge of this unique French overseas territory? Take a look at these 19 fun facts about St Pierre and Miquelon!
- St Pierre and Miquelon is an archipelago and a self-governing French overseas territory off the coast of Canada in North America.
- Its nearest neighbor is Canada to the west, north and east. It also has a coastline along the North Atlantic Ocean.
- Fancy exploring this wonderful country for yourself? Head for the coordinates of 46.7833° N, 56.2000° E.
- The terrain here is mostly flat, barren rock, with the highest point reaching 787 feet.
- The total land area of St Pierre and Miquelon is 93 square miles (242 square kilometers)…
- …that’s around 9 times the size of Bath, Somerset.
- St Pierre and Miquelon’s population was 5,657 in 2015…
- …that’s only around 1/16th of the population of Bath!
- As a French overseas territory, residents here are French.
- The capital is Saint-Pierre; it covers an area of 9.7 square miles (25 square kilometers) and had a population of 5,000 in 2014.
- Inhabitants of St Pierre and Miquelon enjoy a cold and wet climate with considerable mist and fog. Average temperatures range from 19°C down to -5°C, dependent on the time of year. We suggest you pack your waterproof coats!
- The official language of St Pierre and Miquelon is French.
- Despite its location, the Euro is the official currency here.
- The average life span in this tiny country is 80 years.
- St Pierre and Miquelon hasn’t always been a French overseas territory; it has actually been under British rule a total of 5 times throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, with the French recapturing the archipelago each time until they finally took permanent control in 1816.
- Thanks to its time zone, St Pierre and Miquelon is actually the first place in North America to celebrate New Year each year!
- St Pierre and Miquelon grows vegetables; they also rear cattle, pigs, poultry and sheep and catch fish.
- Its industry consists of tourism and fish processing.
- The main exports consist of animal feed, soybeans, fish, fish products, mollusks and crustaceans.
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