The inhabitants of this tiny isolated economy exist on fishing, subsistence farming, handicrafts, and postage stamps. the fertile soil of the valleys produces a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including citrus, sugarcane, watermelons, bananas, yams, and beans. bartering is an important part of the economy. the major sources of revenue are the sale of postage stamps to collectors and the sale of handicrafts to passing ships. in october 2004, more than one-quarter of pitcairn's small labor force was arrested, putting the economy in a bind, since their services were required as lighter crew to load or unload passing ships.
Deforestation (only a small portion of the original forest remains because of burning and clearing for settlement)
48 (july 2008 est.)
Oceania, islands in the south pacific ocean, about midway between peru and new zealand
Total: 47 sq km
land: 47 sq km
water: 0 sq km
About 0.3 times the size of washington, dc
Conventional long form: pitcairn, henderson, ducie, and oeno islands
conventional short form: pitcairn islands
geographic coordinates: 25 04 s, 130 05 w
time difference: utc-9 (4 hours behind washington, dc during standard time)
Sources: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
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