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Global Saint Community Map

The first ever global map created to show where the St Helenian community has spread across the globe.

Explore the map see where Saints are living.
The size of the dots show the number of Saint in that location. All data user submitted data. St Helena not reflective of the number of Saints living on Island, included to show where St Helena is in relation to others around the world.

If you're a Saint or descendant of a St Helenian let us know where you are and we'll add it to the map, to show where our Saint family is around the world.

About the map

As part of our annual St Helena’s Day celebrations, we hosted a live facebook show this year (2021) where we made history by launching the first ever Global Saint Community Map. The response from Saint and their descendants around the world was overwhelming. Hundreds added their location, shared posts across social media and encouraged their families and friends to add their locations to the list as well. 

The aim of the map is to show where our little Saint family of 4,000 people have spread to around the world. It has been hypothesized that the global Saint community might be as many as 5 or 6 times larger than just the people living on St Helena Island. During the live show we learned about Saints living in 35 countries, that number is now grown to 42 countries after the show. With Saints living on 6 continents. 

The final list of countries we mapped from the live show include  🇸🇭 St Helena, 🇦🇨 Ascension Island (yes, we’re counting it separate), 🇫🇰 Falkland Islands, 🇨🇱 Chile, 🇨🇷 Costa Rica, 🇨🇦, Canada, 🇺🇸 United States, 🇿🇦 South Africa, 🇿🇼 Zimbabwe, 🇬🇭 Ghana, 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England, 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland, 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Wales, 🇮🇪 Ireland, 🇮🇲 Isle of Man, 🇫🇷 France, 🇧🇪 Belgium, 🇱🇺 Luxembourg, 🇩🇪 Germany, 🇪🇸 Spain, 🇵🇹 Portugal, 🇮🇹 Italy, 🇲🇹 Malta, 🇬🇷 Greece, 🇧🇬 Bulgaria, 🇸🇪 Sweden, 🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates, 🇴🇲 Oman, 🇦🇫 Afghanistan, 🇮🇳 India, 🇨🇳 China, 🇸🇬 Singapore, 🇵🇭 Philippines, 🇦🇺 Australia, 🇳🇿 New Zealand and 🏴󠁡󠁵󠁴󠁡󠁳󠁿 Tasmania.

Since the show we’ve added 🇯🇵 Japan, 🇭🇺 Hungary, 🇲🇿 Mozambique, 🇬🇮 Gibraltar, 🇯🇪 Jersey, and 🇳🇴 Norway. We encourage any Saint or their descendants to get in touch to add their location.

Interestingly they found the highest located Saint in the world lives in Norway.  The lowest lives in Chile.  The most westerly lives in Victoria, Canada and the most easterly living on the South Island of New Zealand.  Not surprisingly most St Helenian’s from the Island live in the UK including Wales, Scotland, Ireland. The furthest any Saint was living from the island was 15,798km away in Japan. With 2 Saints living there.

We were so inspired and humbled by the sheer number of people who reached out to be included as part of the Saint Family. People really took ownership of the idea of being part of a global saint family. Their enthusiasm and support for the project has been incredible.

As part of our #PartofGlobalSaintFamily campaign they have also created a Facebook photo frame that you can download for free and put on your own Facebook profile picture to help spread the word.  Check out our Facebook page for the details here.

Although the centrepiece of their our live St Helena’s day celebration was the building of the community map, We also put on a show that was full of fun, food, drink and dancing.  There was a special birthday Cake in the shape of Napoleon’s Hat with Arum Lillies in honour of this year’s bicentenary Anniversary.  A fun St Helena themed quiz and prize competition with winners in the UK and South Africa.

The Live broadcast was seen by thousands around the world and for the first time broadcast live on Island via the local promo Channel.  As we wanted to make the celebration show as accessible as possible for people on the island with limited internet access. Thank you to Adam Yon from Sure St Helena for all your help.  The show aired for one and a half hours and ran from 8pm in the UK on Facebook live and from 7pm local time last Friday night on 21st May.

It’s great fun!!!

The original map created during the live show

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