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Saint Helena is a British Overseas Territory consisting of Saint Helena and Ascension Islands, and the island group of Tristan da Cunha.


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Government

Country name
Conventional long form
Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha
Conventional short form None

Dependency status
Overseas territory of the UK

Government type
NA

Capital
Name Jamestown
Geographic coordinates 15 56 S, 5 43 W
Time difference
UTC 0 (5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Administrative divisions
3 administrative areas; Ascension, Saint Helena, Tristan da Cunha

Independence
None (overseas territory of the UK)

Constitution
The Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Constitution Order 2009, effective 1 September 2009

Legal system
English common law and local statutes

Suffrage
18 years of age

Executive branch
Chief of state
Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952)
Head of government
Governor Mark CAPES (since 29 October 2011)
Note
The constitution order provides for an administrator for Ascension and Tristan da Cunha appointed by the governor
Administrator Ascension Island
Colin WELLS (since 27 Ocotber 2011)
Administrator Tristan da Cunha
Sean BURNS (since 15 September 2010)
Cabinet
Executive Council consists of the governor, 3 ex-officio officers, and 5 elected members of the Legislative Council
Elections
None; the monarchy is hereditary; governor appointed by the monarch

Legislative branch
Unicameral Legislative Council (17 seats, including a speaker and deputy speaker, 12 elected, and three ex officio members; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
Note
The Constitution Order provides for separate Island Councils for both Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Elections
Last held on 4 November 2009 (next to be held in November 2013)
Election results
Percent of vote - NA; seats - independents 12

Judicial branch
Supreme Court; Court of Appeal

Political parties and leaders
None

Political pressure groups and leaders
Other Private sector; unions

International organization participation
UPU

Diplomatic representation in the us
None (overseas territory of the UK)

Diplomatic representation from the us
None (overseas territory of the UK)

Flag description
Blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Saint Helenian shield centered on the outer half of the flag; the upper third of the shield depicts a white plover (wire bird) on a yellow field; the remainder of the shield depicts a rocky coastline on the left, offshore is a three-masted sailing ship with sails furled but flying an English flag

National symbol(s)
Saint Helena plover (bird)

National anthem
Note
As a territory of the United Kingdom, "God Save the Queen" is official (see United Kingdom)


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Saint Helena [ United Kingdom ] (Overseas Territory):
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GPS points from Saint Helena [ United Kingdom ] (Overseas Territory)

square Luff Islet Tristan Da Cunha

square Lot Saint Helena

square Deadwood Plain Saint Helena

square Sheep Knoll Saint Helena

square Long Ground Ridge Saint Helena

square Castle Rock Point Saint Helena

square Friars Lodge Saint Helena

square Virgin's Hall Saint Helena




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