Saint Kitts and Nevis



Official Country Name
Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis Overview
First settled by the British in 1623, the islands became an associated state with full internal autonomy in 1967. The island of Anguilla rebelled and was allowed to secede in 1971. Saint Kitts and Nevis achieved independence in 1983. In 1998, a vote in Nevis on a referendum to separate from Saint Kitts fell short of the two-thirds majority needed. Nevis continues in its efforts to try and separate from Saint Kitts.

Saint Kitts and Nevis Economy
Sugar was the traditional mainstay of the Saint Kitts economy until the 1970s. The government closed the sugar industry following the 2005 harvest after decades of losses at the state-run sugar company. To compensate, the government has embarked on a program to diversify the agricultural sector and to stimulate other sectors of the economy. Activities such as tourism, export-oriented manufacturing, and offshore banking have assumed larger roles in the economy. Tourism revenues are now the chief source of the islands' foreign exchange; about 341,800 tourists visited Nevis in 2005. Additional tourist facilities, including a second cruise ship pier, hotels, and golf courses are under construction.

Saint Kitts and Nevis Location
Saint Kitts and Nevis is located in Caribbean, islands in the Caribbean Sea, about one-third of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago

Region
Saint Kitts and Nevis is located in Caribbean

Saint Kitts and Nevis Population
Saint Kitts and Nevis has population of 39,129 (July 2006 est.)

Saint Kitts and Nevis Climate
Saint Kitts and Nevis has tropical, tempered by constant sea breezes; little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season (May to November)

Saint Kitts and Nevis Terrain
volcanic with mountainous interiors

Saint Kitts and Nevis Natural Resources
arable land

Ethnic Groups in Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis has the following ethnic groups - predominantly black; some British, Portuguese, and Lebanese

Saint Kitts and Nevis Religions
Anglican, other Protestant, Roman Catholic

Saint Kitts and Nevis Languages
English

Saint Kitts and Nevis Capital
Saint Kitts and Nevis capital is Basseterre

Saint Kitts and Nevis Currency
Saint Kitts and Nevis currency is East Caribbean dollar

Map of Saint Kitts and Nevis