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Martinique Country Profile

Martinique is an island in the eastern Caribbean Sea. To the northwest lies Dominica, to the south St Lucia, and to the southeast Barbados. A mountainous and densely-populated overseas department of France, Martinique's French and Creole heritage is mirrored in its customs, food and languages.

Tourism flourishes on the tropical Caribbean island, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and is a stopping-off point for cruise ships.

Territory: Martinique

Status: Overseas department of France

Population: 399,700 (UN, 2008)

Capital: Fort-de-France

Area: 1,100 sq km (425 sq miles)

Major languages: French (official), Creole

Major religion: Christianity

Life expectancy: 77 years (men), 82 years (women)

Monetary unit: euro

Main exports: Bananas, petroleum products, rum

GNI per capita: US$14,727 (UN, 2003)

Internet domain: .mq

International dialing code: +596

Head of state: (French) President Nicolas Sarkozy

 

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