Saint Vincent and the Grenadines



Official Country Name
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Overview
Resistance by native Caribs prevented colonization on St. Vincent until 1719. Disputed between France and the United Kingdom for most of the 18th century, the island was ceded to the latter in 1783. Between 1960 and 1962, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was a separate administrative unit of the Federation of the West Indies. Autonomy was granted in 1969 and independence in 1979.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Economy
Economic growth in this lower-middle-income country hinges upon seasonal variations in the agricultural and tourism sectors. Tropical storms wiped out substantial portions of crops in 1994, 1995, and 2002, and tourism in the Eastern Caribbean suffered low arrivals in the immediate aftermath of 11 September 2001. The islands had more than 160,000 tourist arrivals in 2005, mostly to the Grenadines. Saint Vincent is home to a small offshore banking sector and has moved to adopt international regulatory standards. Saint Vincent is also a producer of marijuana and is being used as a transshipment point for illegal narcotics from South America.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Location
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is located in Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago

Region
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is located in Caribbean

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Population
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has population of 117,848 (July 2006 est.)

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Climate
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has tropical; little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season (May to November)

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Terrain
volcanic, mountainous

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Natural Resources
hydropower, cropland

Ethnic Groups in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has the following ethnic groups - black 66%, mixed 19%, East Indian 6%, Carib Amerindian 2%, other 7%

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Religions
Anglican 47%, Methodist 28%, Roman Catholic 13%, other (includes Hindu, Seventh-Day Adventist, other Protestant) 12%

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Languages
English, French patois

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Capital
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines capital is Kingstown

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Currency
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines currency is East Caribbean dollar

Map of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines