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Montserrat Facts

Where is Montserrat?
Montserrat is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom located in the Leeward Islands. The territory resembles coastal Ireland and hence is nicknamed the "Emerald Isle of the Caribbean."Also, it has a large number of inhabitants who are of the Irish ancestry.
What is the capital of Montserrat?
The island of Montserrat has two capitals. Plymouth is the de jure capital of the island; it is located in the Leeward Island chain of the Lesser Antilles, West Indies. The de facto capital of the island is Brades, a village located in the Carr's Bay vicinity at the northwest end of Montserrat. It has been the capital of the island since 1998.

How big is Montserrat?
Montserrat is one of the very small island nations in the world; it has a total area of 39 square miles. It has an approximate population of 5,879.

What are the ethnic groups in Montserrat?
The majority of the population of the island of Montserrat is composed of Blacks, Whites, Mulattos, and Creoles. There are minority communities of British, Irish and Africans.

What are the administrative divisions of Montserrat?
Montserrat is a small island nation divided into three parishes for administrative purposes. The three parishes are: Saint Anthony Parish, Saint Georges Parish, and Saint Peter Parish.

Who are the political leaders of Montserrat?
The island of Montserrat is a British overseas territory with the Monarch being the head of the government.

Monarch - Queen Elizabeth II
Governor - Adrian Davis
Premier - Reuben Meade

What is the official currency used in Montserrat?
The East Caribbean dollar denoted by the ISO 4217 code XCD is the official currency of Montserrat. It has been the national currency since 1965; it replaced the British West Indies dollar. The East Caribbean dollar is normally abbreviated with the dollar sign $ and is written as EC$. It is subdivided into 100 cents.

What is the official language of Montserrat?
The official and the most widely spoken language in the island of Montserrat is English.

What is the official religion of Montserrat?
Christianity is the official religion of Montserrat with Anglican, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, and Seventh-Day Adventist being the major Christian groups.

What is the economy of Montserrat like?
The key sectors of the economy of Montserrat include construction and government services followed by banking and insurance. Agriculture is also an important sector. Tourism generated a lot of revenue before the volcanic activity in July 1995 struck the island.

When is the national day of Montserrat celebrated?
The national day of Montserrat is celebrated on every second Saturday in the month of June. The island gained full residency rights in the United Kingdom in 1998.

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