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The people

St Helena has a small population, mainly descended from people from Europe (mostly planters, government employees and ex-soldiers serving in the local St Helena Regiment), Chinese (itinerant workers from about 1810) and slaves (mostly from Madagascar and Asia, only a few coming from Africa from 1840 onward).

The estimated population of St Helena at the end of 2016 is 4550.

St Helenians, also known as “Saints”, are known for their friendliness – everyone waves and greets each other, even to passing cars.

Saints are renowned for their hospitable nature. Getting involved in our local social life will give you an insight into how vibrant, fun and welcoming we are.