Quick Facts

  • Disputed between France and the United Kingdom for most of the 18th century, the islands were ceded to the United Kingdom in 1783.
  • Independence gained from the United Kingdom on October 27, 1979
  • Location:  Caribbean, islands in the Lesser Antilles chain, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago.  The Grenadines are a chain of small islands stretching south of Saint Vincent to Grenada
  • Area:  150 sq. miles, 2x the size of Washington, D.C.
  • Population:  103,537
  • Capital and major city:  Kingstown, 28,000
  • Climate:  tropical;  little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season (May-November)
  • Terrain:  volcanic, mountainous
  • Nationality:  Saint Vincentians or Vincentians
  • Ethnic groups:  black 66%, mixed 19%, East Indian 6%, other
  • Language:  English, French patois
  • Religions:  Protestant 75%, Roman Catholic 13%, others
  • Literacy:  96% age 15 and over can read and write
  • Economy:  Success of the economy hinges upon seasonal variation in agriculture, tourism and construction activity.  Much of the work force is involved in banana production and tourism.  High public debt and unemployment.
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • These islands have a parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
  • Chief of State:  Queen Elizabeth II, represented by Governor General Sir Frederick Nathaniel Ballantyne, appointed by the Monarchy
  • Head of Government:  Prime Minister Ralph E. Gonsales, head of majority party, appointed by the Governor General




Healthcare Statistics

  • Life expectancy  74.39 years
  • Health expenditures:  5.6% of GDP
  • Physicians density: 0.7542 physicians/1,000 population
  • Hospital bed density:  3 beds/1,000 population
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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