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São Tomé and Príncipe

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São Tomé and Príncipe

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Background information

The island country São Tomé und Príncipe is located on two extinct volcano islands in the Gulf of Guinea in Central Africa. The economy has traditionally been dependent on agriculture, but the once-sugar-based production is nowadays also including coffee and cocoa. Since its independence from Portugal in 1975, São Tomé und Príncipe is struggling to serve its external debt as it heavily depends on imports. New discoveries of oil in the Gulf of Guinea and tourism possibly represent two future income sources.

Around half of the mountainous land area is used for agricultural production, contributing to one-fifth of GDP and employing almost all of the labor force based on small-scale subsistence farming. Next to the export crops cocoa and coffee, coconuts, palm kernels, copra, cinnamon, pepper, bananas, papayas and beans are cultivated. Many São Tomeans are also engaged in subsistence fishing.

The population of São Tomé und Príncipe is overall young and not entirely literate, leading to a shortage of skilled workers. In search of better job prospects, around 8% of the population migrates to other countries. Scoring 0.555 on the HDI (2015), São Tomé und Príncipe is classified as a country with medium human development.