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Countries of the World: Saint Kitts and Nevis
Resources about Saint Kitts and Nevis including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Saint Kitts and Nevis GDP (2007): $477.4 million. GDP growth rate (2006): 5.8%. Per capita GDP (2006): $8,546. Inflation (2006): 5.25%. Natural resources: Negligible. Agriculture: Rice, yams, bananas, fish, cotton, peanuts, vegetables. Industry: Financial and business services, tourism, construction, clothing, footwear, beverages, and tobacco. Trade (2006): Exports--$31 million (merchandise) and $139 million (commercial services). Major markets--United States (91.9%), EU (3.0%), Trinidad and Tobago (2%), Netherlands Antilles (0.8%), St. Vincent and the Grenadines (0.3%). Imports--$210 million (merchandise) and $87 million (commercial services). Major suppliers--United States (57.9%), Trinidad and Tobago (14.1%), European Union (9.3%), Japan (3.8%), and Barbados (2.8%). Official exchange rate: EC$2.70 = U.S. $1.

Geography of Saint Kitts and Nevis Area: St. Kitts 168 sq. km. (65 sq. mi.); Nevis 93 sq. km. (36 sq. mi.). Cities: Capital--Basseterre (pop. about 15,000). Terrain: Generally mountainous; highest elevations are 1,156 m. (3,792 ft.) at Mt. Liamuiga on St. Kitts and 985 m; (3,232 ft.) at Nevis peak on Nevis. Climate: Tropical.

Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis Type: Parliamentary democracy; independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth. Constitution: 1983. Independence: September 19, 1983. Branches: Executive--governor general (representing Queen Elizabeth II, head of state), prime minister (head of government), cabinet. Legislative--bicameral Parliament. Judicial--magistrate's courts, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (High Court and Court of Appeals), final appeal to Privy Council in London. Administrative subdivisions: 14 parishes. Political parties: St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party (ruling), People's Action Movement (PAM), Concerned Citizens Movement (a Nevis-based party), and Nevis Reformation Party. Suffrage: Universal at 18.

Map of Saint Kitts and Nevis This Map of Saint Kitts and Nevis shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Basseterre the capital of Saint Kitts and Nevis. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)

Official Name of Saint Kitts and Nevis The Official Name of Saint Kitts and Nevis is the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Saint Kitts and Nevis Nationality: Noun and adjective--Kittitian(s), Nevisian(s). Population (2007): 39,129. Annual growth rate (2007): 1%. Ethnic groups: Predominantly of African origin; some of British, Portuguese, and Lebanese descent. Religions: Principally Anglican, with Evangelical Protestant and Roman Catholic minorities. Languages: English (official). Education (2005): Adult literacy--97.8%. Health (2007): Infant mortality rate--14.5/1,000. Life expectancy--men 68 years; women 72 years. Unemployment (2006): 5.1%.

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