Dialing code ++1-664
ISO 2 code MS
ISO 3 code MSR
Capital Plymouth
Main Language English
Currency Dollar (XCD)
GDP $29.0 million 205th
Population 9,341 231st


Continent North America
Location Caribbean island in the Caribbean Sea southeast of Puerto Rico
Land 102 km2 226th
Terrain Volcanic island mostly mountainous with small coastal lowland
Climate Tropical; little daily or seasonal temperature variation
Natural Hazards Volcanic island mostly mountainous with small coastal lowland
Note: The island is entirely volcanic in origin and comprised of three major volcanic centers of differing ages

Neighbouring Countries


English and Irish colonists from St. Kitts first settled on Montserrat in 1632; the first African slaves arrived three decades later. The British and French fought for possession of the island for most of the 18th century but it finally was confirmed as a British possession in 1783. The island's sugar plantation economy was converted to small farm landholdings in the mid 19th century. Much of this island was devastated and two-thirds of the population fled abroad because of the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano that began on 18 July 1995. Montserrat has endured volcanic activity since with the last eruption occurring in July 2003.
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Life Expectancy 72.76 years 103rd
Median Age 28.5 years 96th
Birth Rate 12.36 births/1,000 population 154th
Death Rate 8.44 births/1,000 population 88th
Sex Ratio 0.92 male(s)/female 31st
Literacy 97.0% 71st



Roadways None km
Railways None km
Airports 2 190th
Waterways None km
Heliports None
Airports paved 2 70th


Currency Dollar (XCD)
GDP $29.0 million 205th
GDP per capita (PPP) $3400 145th