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Country Name Anguilla.


Location Anguilla is a British overseas territory in the Caribbean. It is one of the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, lying east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and directly north of Saint Martin.

Mayotte location


Capital

The Valley.


Reason for naming the country The name Anguilla is from the Italian anguilla, meaning "eel" (in turn from the Latin anguilla, diminutive of anguis, snake) in reference to the island's shape.

It is believed by most sources to have been named by Christopher Columbus. For similar reasons, it was also known as Snake or Snake Island.



Flag

The flag was adopted on 12 July 1967.

The current flag was officially adopted in 1990

The flag is composed of a blue background with a British Union Jack in the top left corner and the coat of arms on the right side, which features a turquoise-blue base and three orange dolphins on a white background. The dolphins, which appear to be jumping out of the sea, are interlocked in a circle.

The flag is known as the “Blue Ensign” and is considered to be the official national flag of Anguilla.

The three dolphins represents strength, wisdom, and friendship. The circular arrangement of the dolphins is a symbol of continuity.

Their orange color represents strength, unity, and power.

The turquoise-blue represents the surrounding sea. It also represents youth, faith, and hope.

The white background on the court of arms is representative of peace and tranquility.

The incorporation of the Union Jack is a tribute to the affiliation of Anguilla with Britain

Language

The official language of Anguilla is English.

Other languages are also spoken on the island, including varieties of Spanish, Chinese and the languages of other immigrant communities. However, the most common language other than Standard English is the island's own English-lexifier Creole language (not to be confused with Antillean Creole ('French Creole'), spoken in French islands such as Martinique and Guadeloupe).


Religion

Anguilla is predominantly Christian, with more than 85% identifying themselves with a denomination of Christianity (Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Orthodox Christianity, Protestant Christianity:(Lutheranism, Calvinism (Presbyterians), and Anglican Christianity (Episcopalians))

Baha'i faith, Buddhism (Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, & Hoa Hao), Islam (Sunni and Shia), Jainism, Judaism,Shintoism, Sikhism, Taoism, & Zoroastrianism.

Traditional beliefs are: Animism, Badimo, & Confucianism.




Currency Eastern Caribbean dollar (XCD).

Euro

Time Zone -04:00 GMT.



Government Regime Parliamentary dependency under a constitutional monarchy.


Climate Anguilla has a tropical climate, hot all year round, with a slightly cooler period from December to March and a hotter, muggy period from May to October. Luckily, sea breezes are able to relieve a bit the heat of the day.

The best time to visit Anguilla runs from December to April, a period when the temperatures are a bit lower and outside of the hurricane season, and particularly the months of February and March, which are the driest ones. In summer, in June and July, it usually rains a bit less than in August, and there is also a lower probability of hurricanes.


International Phone Code +1-264

Internet Code .ai






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