Sao Tome and Principe 2002

Yearbook 2002

São Tomé and Príncipe. According to Countryaah website, national day of São Tomé and Príncipe is every July 12. The March elections gave a parliamentary deadlock. The Socialist Former Liberation Movement MLSTP/PSD received 24 seats, President Fradique de Meneze’s alliance MDFM/PCD 23 and Ue-Kedadji, with close ties to former President Miguel Trovoada, received 8 seats. After several weeks of negotiations, diplomat Gabriel Costa was appointed prime minister. As agreed, he incorporated all three party groups into the government.

Sao Tome and Principe Border Countries Map

However, the cooperation was sparkling from the start, and in September the president dismissed the government after a fierce dispute between Costa and the defense minister. The new Prime Minister was appointed Minister of Trade and Industry Maria das Neves de Sousa, who formed a ministry with a similar composition to the previous one.

São Tomé and Príncipe Country Overview

Visa
Finnish citizens do not need a visa when traveling to São Tomé and Príncipe for less than 15 days.

Visa fees and policies are subject to change without notice depending on local authorities.

Travel Seasons
The best time to travel is from June to September, when the air temperature stays close to 25 degrees and rainfall is low.

Currency: The currency of the country is São Tomé and Príncipe’s Dobra. The cards are not accepted in many places, so you should bring euros in cash.

Tips You
should give a tip 5% of the invoice price.

Electrical current
The electrical current of the islands is 220 V (50Hz). An adapter is not required for Finnish devices.

Time difference
The time difference between the islands and Finland is -2 hours in winter and -3 hours in summer.

Mobile phones
Check with your network operator for the coverage of your mobile phone. The area code for the islands is +239.

Food & beverage
Seafood, beans, corn and bananas are the basic ingredients of São Tomé and Príncipe’s food culture. Tropical fruits such as pineapple and avocado are also popular. A lot of spices and coffee beans are used in the food. For breakfast, it is common to enjoy the leftovers or omelettes of the previous evening.