São Tomé and Príncipe, officially the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, is a Portuguese-speaking island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Africa. It consists of two islands: São Tomé and Príncipe, located about 140 kilometres apart and about 250 and 225 kilometres, respectively, off the northwestern coast of Gabon. Both islands are part of an extinct volcanic mountain range. São Tomé, the sizable southern island, is situated just north of the equator. It was named in honor of Saint Thomas by Portuguese explorers who happened to arrive at the island on his feast day.
Religion in Sao Tome and Principe
Christianity is followed by 80% of Sao Tomes and Principe's people, Roman Catholicism, being the most popular denomination. Islam is the religion of 3% of the country's inhabitants. Traditional African beliefs are practiced by most of the rest of the population, about 0.1% or less of the people of sao tome and Principe are Buddhists.
- The Complete Book of Buddha's Lists -- Explained. David N. Snyder, Ph.D., 2006.
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