Antigua and Barbuda

Flag of Antigua and Barbuda


Country Antigua and Barbuda                           Link to map
Continent A twin-island country lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean that consists of two major inhabited islands, separated by only a few nautical miles, and a number of smaller islands. It is located in the middle of the Leeward Islands, and is part of the Lesser Antilles.
Capital St. John’s
Population 92,436 (July 2015)
Language English
Religion Majority Protestant, but a mix of denominations
Terrain Mostly low-lying limestone and coral islands, with some higher volcanic areas.
Sports Cricket is by far the most popular sport. There is a fierce devotion to the sport.
Animals ·  The National Animal is the European Fallow deer

·  The National Sea Creature is the Hawksbill Turtle

·  Barbuda Warbler is a bird unique to Barbuda

·  The Antiguan Racer is a critically threatened snake that only survives on Great Bird Island

Facts of Interest ·   Carnival is Antigua’s big annual festival. It is held from the end of July and culminates in a parade on the first Tuesday in August.

·   The Antiguan Jazz Festival takes place in October.

·   Antigua and Barbuda is nicknamed the “Land of 365 Beaches” because it has so many beaches.

·   It was part of the British Empire.

Concerns ·   The country is a destination and hub for human trafficking, for both adults and children. Forced prostitution has been reported in bars, taverns and brothels while forced labor occurs in domestic service and the retail sector.

·   Minor shipment center for illegal drugs headed to the US and Europe

Mission Mission work to Antigua and Barbuda began in 1978. Early missionaries established congregations and eventually expanded their evangelical methods to include television and radio which are still in existence today.
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