Practical information about STP


The official language is Portuguese (98,4%). But other mother languages are spoken, among the mainly, Forro creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Anguené, Lunguié (the creole of Principe island), etc. French and English are foreign languages taught in schools.


Almost all residents belong to the Roman Catholic (70%), Evangelical Protestant, or Seventh-day Adventist churches, which in turn retain close ties with churches in Portugal. There is a small but growing Muslim population.


At sea level, the climate is tropical (hot and humid) with average yearly temperatures of about 27 °C (80.6 °F) and little daily variation. The temperature rarely rises beyond 32 °C (89.6 °F). At the interior's higher elevations, the average yearly temperature is 20 °C (68 °F), and nights are generally cool. Annual rainfall varies from 5,000 mm (196.9 in) on the southwestern slopes to 1,000 mm (39.4 in) in the northern lowlands. The rainy season runs from October to May. Humidity relatively high (> 80%).

Geographic coordinates: 1 00 N, 7 00 E

Life expectancy: male - 62.94 years, female - 65.53 years (2014 est.)

Electrical Power: Electric Power is 220V running at 50Hz. The Plug type used is Type C plug (European 2 pin).

Local Time: The local time in Sao Tome and Principe is GMT +/-0.

Post: Airmail from Sao Tome and Principe takes at least one weak to reach Western Europe. Urgent letters must be sending by special delivery to ensure their safe arrival.

Code of Ethics:

Recognizing and paying deference to the status of a person is important. Older men and women tend to be treated with respect, particularly if they have many children and grandchildren.

Just remember give a smile to the children who will welcome you in every part of the islands.