Independence Day in São Tomé and Príncipe in 2020

Independence Day in São Tomé and Príncipe in 2020
Flag of São Tomé and Príncipe. Image by Nicolas Raymond , via Flickr

  How long until Independence Day?
This holiday next takes place in 4 days.
  Dates of Independence Day in São Tomé and Príncipe
2022 São Tomé and Príncipe Tue, Jul 12 National Holiday
2021 São Tomé and Príncipe Mon, Jul 12 National Holiday
2020 São Tomé and Príncipe Sun, Jul 12 National Holiday
2019 São Tomé and Príncipe Fri, Jul 12 National Holiday
  Summary
Marks São Tomé and Príncipe's independence from Portugal on this day in 1975.
  Local name
Dia da Independência

When is São Tomé and Príncipe Independence Day?

Independence Day is a public holiday in the African island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe on July 12th each year.

This is the National Day of São Tomé and Príncipe and commemorates the country's independence from Portugal on this day in 1975.

About São Tomé and Príncipe Independence Day

The first people to inhabit these two islands in the Gulf of Guinea were the Portuguese. The first landed on São Tomé, the larger of the two islands on December 21st (Saint Thomas' Day, hence the name) 1471.

They found the islands' rich volcanic soil a good basis to support sugar plantations. The plantations were manned by African slaves and 'undesirables' from Portugal.

In 1974, the so-called Carnation Revolution in Portugal brought an end to the dictatorial regime and also a new approach to its overseas territories.

São Tomé and Príncipe gained its independence from Portugal on July 21st 1975, making it the second-smallest country in Africa. The smallest is another island nation on the other side of the continent - Seychelles.

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