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Where is St Helena?

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In the visible world, the Milky Way is a tiny fragment; within this fragment, the solar system is an infinitesimal speck, and of this speck our planet is a microscopic dot. On this dot,…
Bertrand Russell in ‘Dreams and Facts’

St Helena is approximately 1,900Km west of the Angola/Namibia border, in the South Atlantic Ocean.

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Its map coordinates are 5°45’00”W, 15°58’49”S (if you use a computerised map you’ll need that as decimals: lattitude -15.98018018; longitude -5.75). But you’ll need quite a large-scale map! St Helena is only 16 by 8 kilometres, or 121 km²(see our How Small Is St Helena? page to understand this better.), which makes it one of the world’s smallest inhabited islands.

It has a population of around 4,500{1} and was discovered in 1502 by the Portugese. The currency is the St Helena Pound (SHP) and the international telephone dialling code is 290. Our timezone is GMT+0.

It’s hard to think of an isolated speck of land more synonymous with inaccessibility than St Helena.

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Where in the world is St Helena

Location map for St Helena, 5°45’00”W, 15°58’49”S [Saint Helena Island Info:Where is St Helena?]
Location map for St Helena, 5°45’00”W, 15°58’49”S


Interactive map, by Google™ Maps{b}

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Want to know how to get here? Have a look at our Getting Here page.

Tourist Office 2014 Map of St Helena [Saint Helena Island Info:Where is St Helena?]
Tourist Office 2014 Map of St Helena

If looking for St Helena on the Internet you might first want to check our island’s correct name.

And did you know there used to be a second St Helena? Check out our page Two St Helenas? to read more.

Harbour view, with sailing ship [Saint Helena Island Info:Where is St Helena?]
Harbour view, with sailing ship

How to get here

The many ways to get to St Helena are discussed on our Getting Here page.

British Overseas Territory

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Extract from an 1886 map [Saint Helena Island Info:Where is St Helena?]
Extract from an 1886 British Empire map

St Helena is part of the British Overseas Territory of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

The name ‘British Overseas Territory’ was introduced by the British Overseas Territories Act 2002, replacing the name British Dependent Territory introduced by the British Nationality Act 1981. Prior to 1 January 1983, the territories were officially referred to as British Crown Colonies. Our older £1 coins have the text ‘Colony of St Helena’ engraved around the rim.

The head of state in the overseas territories is the British monarch, who appoints a representative in each territory to exercise her executive power, our Governor.

St Helena used to be an important part of the British Empire, as the extract from an 1886 map (right) illustrates.

The full map is a stunning example of Victorian cartography and can be downloaded here (8.6Mb).

Shipping Lanes

As can seen from the 1886 map above, St Helena used to be an important stop en-route to and from the Cape. Today this is no longer the case. The map below is taken from live-tracking website www.marinetraffic.com, showing all ships in the south Atlantic as at 12:30GMT on 15th February 2017. The red lines (which we added) show the primary ship routes, going to the north and south of St Helena (blue dot).

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Credits:

{a} ‘The allure and attractions of St Helena’ - Lonely Planet, 4th September 2015{2}

{b} Google Maps™

{c} www.marinetraffic.com (Annotated)



Footnotes:

{1} Acoording to the 2016 Census, the total resident population on 7th February 2016 was 4,534, 4,122 of which were St Helenian and the remainder visitors, temporary workers, etc.

{2} Reproduced for educational non-commercial use only; all copyrights are acknowledged



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