Antigua is located in the eastern Caribbean Sea, about 420 kilometres east-southeast of
Puerto Rico. Its total area is 440 square kilometres.
64,762 (July, 1994 estimate)
English (official), local dialects
Antigua's government is a parliamentary democracy.
Antigua's legal system is based on English common law.
Antigua has a good automatic telephone system and has tropospheric scatter
links with Saba and Guadeloupe. It has one coaxial submarine cable and one
Atlantic Ocean INTELSAT earth station.
The economy is primarily service oriented, with tourism the most important determinant
of economic performance. During the period 1986-91, real GDP expanded at an annual
average rate of about 6%. Tourism makes a direct contribution to GDP of about 13%
and also affects growth in other sectors - particularly in construction, communications
and public utilities. In 1992, reduced government capital spending and private sector
investment, dampened by recession in the major world economies, slowed economic
Antigua's main industries are tourism, construction, light manufacturing (clothing,
alcohol, household appliances) and banking.
1 EC dollar (EC$) = 100 cents
East Caribbean dollars (EC$) per US$1 - 2.70 (fixed rate since 1976)
Antigua: The Perfect Tax Haven
Antigua, West Indies
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