Gibraltar | Facts & Information

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff
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Facts & Figures

  • Status: Overseas territory

    Governor: Edward Davis (2016)

    Chief Minister: Fabian Picardo (2011)

    Total area: 2 sq mi (6 sq km)

    Population (2014 est.): 29,185 (growth rate: 0.25%); birth rate: 14.15/1000; infant mortality rate: 6.29/1000; life expectancy: 79.13

    Monetary unit: Gibraltar pound

    Literacy rate: above 80% (2013 est.)

    Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2008 est.): $1.275 billion; per capita $43,000. Real growth rate: 6% (2008) Inflation: 1.5% (1998). Unemployment: 3% (2005 est.). Arable land: 0% (2011). Agriculture: none. Labor force: 12,690 (2001) (including non-Gibraltar laborers); services 60%, industry 40%, agriculture negl. Industries: tourism, banking and finance, ship repairing, tobacco. Natural resources: negl. Exports: $271 million f.o.b. (2004 est.): (principally reexports) petroleum 51%, manufactured goods 41%, other 8%. Imports: $2.967 billion c.i.f. (2004 est.): fuels, manufactured goods, and foodstuffs. Major trading partners: France, Spain, Turkmenistan, Switzerland, Germany, UK, Greece, Russia, Italy, U.S., Sweden (2004).

    Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 23,100 (2012); mobile cellular: 34,750 (2012). Broadcast media: Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) provides TV and radio broadcasting services via 1 TV station and 4 radio stations; British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) operates 1 radio station; broadcasts from Spanish radio and TV stations are accessible (2008). Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 3,509 (2012). Internet users: 20,200 (2009)

    Transportation: Railways: total: n.a. km. Highways: total: 29 km; paved: 29 km; unpaved: 0 km (2007). Ports and harbors: Gibraltar. Airports: 1 (2013).

    International disputes: In 2002, Gibraltar residents vote overwhelmingly in referendum against “total shared sovereignty”; the Government of Gibraltar insists on equal participation in talks between the UK and Spain; Spain disapproves of UK plans to grant Gibraltar even greater autonomy.

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