|Area||total: 1,780 km2|
|Population||452,776 (July 2006 est.)|
|Language||French (official) 99%, Creole patois|
|Religion||Roman Catholic 95%, Hindu and pagan African 4%, Protestant 1%|
Guadeloupe , sometimes known as the Butterfly Island (French: I'ile Papillon), on account of the shape of two of its major islands, is a group of islands in the eastern Caribbean, and is a French overseas department. It is located southeast of Puerto Rico.