Sao Tome and Principe Area Code

+239 is the dialing code for Sao Tome and Principe.

The islands of São Tomé and Príncipe form together with a number of smaller islands in the Gulf of Guinea’s second smallest state. For over 450 years they were a Portuguese colony. The southern European heritage is clearly visible on both the population and the architecture. Cocoa is largely the only export product, but at sea the government hopes to find large oil deposits.

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Geography and climate

Sao Tome and Principe Area Code

The islands of São Tomé and Príncipe are located just north of the equator in the Gulf of Guinea, about 50 miles straight west from Gabon on the west coast of Africa.

The main island of São Tomé is 14 miles south of the smaller island of Príncipe. The islands consist of extinct volcanoes overgrown with rainforests. The country also includes some smaller islands: Cabras, Tinhosas, Rôlas, Caroço and Bombom.

São Tomé and Príncipe’s climate is tropical with high heat and humidity. The rainy season extends from October to May.

Country Facts


Cultivated land 50.7 %
Land area 964 km 2

Population and health

Population development 1.84 ‰
Urban population (Urbanization) 65.1 %
Death rate 7.24 per 1000 residents
Life expectancy: Women 65.92 years
Life expectancy: Men 63.27 years
Birth rate 34.23 births per 1000 residents
HDI index 0.555
Population 194006
Infant mortality 47.88 deaths / 1000 births

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Electricity, production million kWh
Energy consumption per resident kg. oil per resident
Natural gas, production million cubic meters
Crude oil, production million tons


Internet users 24.7 per 100 residents
Mobile subscriptions 67 per 100 residents
Passenger cars per 1000 residents

Business and economics

Unemployment 13.5% of the workforce
GDP 3200 per resident
Primary occupations %
Secondary profession %
Tertiary professions %



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Capital with number of residents

São Tomé on the island of São Tomé 68,000, Santo António on the island of Príncipe 1300 (estimated 2012)

Other major cities

Trindade 8 400, Santo Amaro 8 300

Highest mountain

Pico de São Tomé (2,024 m asl)

Average Precipitation / month

São Tomé 150 mm (March), 1 mm (July)

Average / day

São Tomé 31 °C (March), 28 °C (July)

  1. The main island of São Tomé covers 854 square kilometers ofSources



Support money from the World Bank

2 April

The World Bank presents a rescue package of $ 1.9 billion to be distributed among 25 developing countries. The money is a contribution to the fight against the spread of the new corona virus, which caused a pandemic. Of the rescue package, $ 2.5 million goes to São Tomé & Príncipe, which at the time reported no case of the covid-19 viral disease.