A. THE DEPARTMENT
Department of Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean, is one larger pair of
islands and three smaller islands: Marie Galante, Les Saintes, La
Desirade. Its status as a Department of France allows access to public
funds from France and the EU, creating low motivation for more autonomy
and greater demands for French subsidization. There is widespread
unemployment, especially among youth. The standard of living is higher
than many Caribbean Islands but lower than that in France. Europe
heavily subsidizes agriculture, services and tourism.
B. THE PEOPLE
The population is ~467,500 and official language French. The French
Creole is widely spoken.
The protests, strike and riots of 2009 were settled with increased wages
for tens of thousands, but the deeper issues of autonomy and identity
continue to simmer. Over 40% of households have only one parent, 90% of
these are led by the mother.
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
~94.09% claim to be Christian, ~4.61% Non-religious, ~0.5% Muslim, ~0.5%
Hindu, ~0.3% Baha’i.
In the Christian category:
~85.04% are Catholic, ~7.29% Protestant, ~0.54% Independent.
Evangelicals represent ~4.3% of the population.
Charismatics represent ~8.6% and of those ~1.4% are Pentecostals.
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010.