Emerald Isle (Source: Caribbean Islands Handbook (Footprint Handbooks), 8th ed)
Each Endeavouring, All Achieving
A British overseas territory in the Leeward Islands, and one of the chain of islands of the Lesser Antilles. It is located 40 km south-West of Antigua. The island is volcanic and mountainous.
Sighted by Columbus in 1493, Montserrat was settled by Anglo-Irish colonists from 1632. The island fell under French occupation twice, but was otherwise continuously under British rule. In 1967, Montserrat opted for colonial status instead of Associated Statehood. In 1995 the Soufriere Hills Volcano came to life and by 1997 the majority of the population was forced to leave the island. Approximately two thirds of the island, including the capital, Plymouth, and the W.H. Bramble Airport is covered with ash. Only the northern section of the island is now inhabited. The Government now functions from Brades.
Last elections 2009. Next elections due 2014.
Movement for Change and Prosperity (MCAP),
Major Political Parties:
Movement for Change and Prosperity (MCAP), New People's Liberation Movement (NPLM), Montserrat Democratic Party (MDP)
Head of Government
Honourable Reuben Meade
Date Of Birth: 1952
1991-1996: Chief Minister
From July 1995 normal life was disrupted due to severe volcanic eruptions on the island. By mid-1998 volcanic activity subsided and normalcy returned, but with a significantly reduced population and economic activity. The once vibrant tourism industry is re-emerging as a major contributor to national economic growth. The fledgling industry caters mainly for day excursionists.
Montserrat-Antigua and Barbuda Ferry Service
Plymouth (abandoned in 1997 due to volcanic activity. Interim government buildings built at Brades Estate at the northwest end of Montserrat)
103 km2 (40 miles2)
Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$)
EC$124 Mn (2007)
EC$7.3 Mn (2007)
EC$79.8 Mn (2007)
EC$3.0 Mn (2007)
EC$30.2 Mn (2007)
Commercial: 8:00-17:00 hrs Monday to Friday
Government: 8:00-14:00 hrs Monday to Friday
New Year's Day (01 January); St. Patrick's Day (17 March); Good Friday; Easter Monday; Labour Day (First Monday in May); Whit Monday; Queen's Birthday (second Saturday of June); Emancipation Day (First Monday in August); Christmas Day (25 December); Boxing Day (26 December); Festival Day (31 December)
Holidays that fall on Saturday or Sunday are observed the following Monday
Date of CARICOM Membership:
1 May 1974
God Save Our Queen
God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen; Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us: God save the Queen.
O Lord our God arise,
Scatter her enemies,
And make them fall: Confound their politics,ate their knavish tricks,
On Thee our hopes we fix:
God save us all.
Thy choicest gifts in store,
On her be pleased to pour, Long may she reign::
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice
God save the Quee
Highest National Award:
Montserrat Badge of Honour