Welcome to the world - our reports from remote St Helena

St Helena has been in splendid isolation since it was first discovered by Portuguese explorers in 1502. Surrounded by thousands of miles of empty ocean, its remoteness and isolation have always been key to its character.

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Bright future for remote island of St Helena

It's always been described as one of the most isolated places on earth - the only way to get there has been a long voyage by sea.

But now the British overseas territory of St Helena in the middle of the South Atlantic, and connected to South Africa by sea, is just months away from the opening of its first airport.

Our reporter Richard Jones first visited the island six years ago and has been back as it prepares to welcome the world. This is the first of a series of special reports throughout the week.

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