Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha Islands

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Economic outlines and opportunities for innovation

St Helena’ income primarily comes from agriculture, fishing and tourism but depends heavily upon budgetary support from Britain. Ascension has a small British and American presence, but no significant economic activity. Tristan da Cunha has a fishing industry. Key opportunities for innovation Recycling and energy initiatives have been identified as some of the key areas with a potential for the economic growth. The airport which is going to be opened next year is considered as a great opportunity for enhancing all activities in the islands.

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Member state: United Kingdom
Surface (km2): 307
EEZ (km2): 1 641 294
Population (2008):
5 131
Capital: Jamestown
Language: English
GDP per capita (€ – 2010): 5 151
Main economic sectors: Fishery
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