Year Founded: 1975
Sao Tome and Principe is a small island country in the Gulf of Guinea, off the coast of Central Africa. It’s about the same size as Changhua County. It was listed as one of the least developed countries by the United Nations, but since 2005, the country’s GDP has grown rapidly, and its debt as a percentage of GDP has decreased from 410% in 2001 to 72% today. In 2020, it received an average ranking on the Human Development Index. The country’s economy is dominated by agriculture. Its main export products are cocoa, coffee, and coconuts. Sao Tome and Principe broke off diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 2016.