French Guiana Real Estate
Information about French Guiana
French Guiana is an overseas department of France, located on the northern coast of South America. Like the other DOMs, French Guiana is also an overseas region of France, one of the 26 regions of France, and is an integral part of the French Republic.
Though sharing cultural affinities with the French-speaking territories of the Caribbean, French Guiana cannot be considered to be part of that geographic region, with the Caribbean Sea actually bei...ng located several hundred kilometers to the west, beyond the arc of the Lesser Antilles.
French Guiana is heavily dependent on France for subsidies, trade, and goods. The main industries are fishing (accounting for three-quarters of foreign exports), gold mining and timber. There is very little manufacturing. Agriculture is largely undeveloped and is mainly confined to the area near the coast — sugar and bananas are two of the main cash crops grown. Tourism, especially Eco-tourism, is growing.
French Guiana, as part of France, is also a part of the European Union, the largest part in an area outside Europe, with one of the longest EU external boundaries. Along with the Spanish enclaves in Africa of Ceuta and Melilla, it is one of only three European Union territories outside Europe that is not an island. Its head of state is the President of the French Republic, who appoints a Prefect (resident at the Prefecture building in Cayenne) as his representative. There are two legislative bodies: the 19-member General Council and the 34-member Regional Council, both elected.
Cayenne is the capital of French Guiana, an overseas région and département of France located in South America. The city stands on a former island at the mouth of the Cayenne River on the Atlantic coast. At the 2006 census, there were 100,323 inhabitants in the urban area of Cayenne (as defined by INSEE), 50,594 of whom lived in the city (commune) of Cayenne proper, and the remainder in the neighbouring commune of Remire-Montjoly. The commune of Matoury (18,032 inhabitants in 1999), where the Cayenne-Rochambeau Airport is located, is also a suburb of Cayenne, but it was not included in the official definition of the urban area by INSEE in 1999.
St-Laurent du Maroni
Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni is a commune of French Guiana, an overseas région and département of France located in South America. Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni is one of the two sous-préfectures of French Guiana, being the seat of the Arrondissement of Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni. It is the second most populated city of French Guiana with a population of 33 707 inhabitants in 2006.
Kourou is a town and commune in French Guiana, an overseas région and département of France located in South America. Kourou is the location of the Guiana Space Centre, France and ESA's main spaceport. Kourou's economy is largely dominated by the CSG, from which the European Ariane rockets are launched, as will the Russian Soyuz and the Italian Vega beginning in 2009.
Matoury is a commune of French Guiana, an overseas région and département of France located in South America. Matoury is a southern suburb of Cayenne, the préfecture and largest city of French Guiana. Cayenne-Rochambeau Airport, the main international airport of French Guiana, is located in the commune of Matoury.
Remire-Montjoly (often unofficially spelled Rémire-Montjoly) is a commune of French Guiana, an overseas région and département of France located in South America. Remire-Montjoly is a suburb of Cayenne, the préfecture and largest city of French Guiana. It is located to the south-east of Cayenne. Residential districts spread along some of the best beaches in the Cayenne area. Cayenne and French Guiana's main seaport, the port of Dégrad des Cannes, is located in the commune of Remire-Montjoly, on the estuary of the Mahury River. Almost all of French Guiana's imports and exports pass through the port of Dégrad des Cannes. The commune was originally called Remire only, but on March 27, 1969 the name was officially changed into Remire-Montjoly to reflect the development of Montjoly, one of the two settlements located within the commune. With urban expansion, the settlements of Remire and Montjoly have now fused with Cayenne into a single urban area, although Remire-Montjoly remains a commune administratively separate from the commune of Cayenne.
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