The 2006 population census in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon
In 2006, 6,125 people lived in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon. This archipelago, 25km to the south of Terre-Neuve off the coast of Canada, is today an overseas collectivity, and the only French territory in the North Atlantic. Since 1999, as a result of economic difficulties linked to fishing restrictions, the population has fallen slightly. It has become harder for young people and new arrivals to settle and the population is ageing. The inhabitants of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon compensate for the harshness of the archipelago's climate by making improvements to their homes, which are in most cases spacious, comfortable houses.