St Helena is a small volcanic island in the South Atlantic with
an area of 43sq miles. It is 1,200 miles from the nearest land
mass, Angola and 1,800 miles from Brazil.
It was discovered on 21 May 1502 by João da Nova and is named
after Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine the Great whose
birthday was on that date.
Together with Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha, these three
UK Overseas Territories form 'St Helena and its Dependencies'.
St Helena has no airport at present and the islands only link to
the outside world is the last remaining Royal Mail Ship, the RMS St
For further details contact www.sainthelena.gov.sh