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

Economy of Saint Lucia GDP (2008): $987 million. GDP growth rate (2008): 0.7%. GDP growth rate (1998-2008): 2.0% Per capita GDP (2008): $5,806. Inflation of consumer prices (2008): 7.2%. Natural resources: Forests, minerals (pumice), mineral springs. Agriculture: Bananas, cocoa, coconut, citrus fruits, and livestock. Manufacturing: Garments, electronic components, beverages, corrugated boxes. Services: Tourism and offshore banking. Trade (2005): Exports--$64 million (merchandise) and $389 million (commercial services). Major markets--European Union (28.2%), Trinidad and Tobago (22.5%), United States (14.0%), Barbados (10.1%), and Grenada (5.2%). Imports--$475 million (merchandise) and $159 million (commercial services). Major suppliers--United States (43.9%), Trinidad and Tobago (14.2%), European Union (14.2%), Japan (4.6%), and Barbados (3.0%). Official exchange rate: EC$2.70 = U.S. $1.

Geography of Saint Lucia Area: 619 sq. km. (238 sq. mi.). Cities: Capital--Castries (pop. est. 67,000); Micoud; Gros- Islet; Vieux Fort; Soufriere. Terrain: Mountainous. Climate: Tropical.

Government of Saint Lucia Type: Westminster-style parliamentary democracy. Independence: February 22, 1979. Constitution: 1979. Branches: Executive--governor general (representing Queen Elizabeth II, head of state), prime minister (head of government), cabinet. Legislative--bicameral parliament. Judicial--district courts, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (High Court and Court of Appeals), final appeal to Privy Council in London. Administrative subdivisions: 11 parishes. Political parties: United Workers Party (incumbent); St. Lucia Labour Party. Suffrage: Universal at 18.

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

Official Name of Saint Lucia The Official Name of Saint Lucia is Saint Lucia. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Saint Lucia Nationality: Noun and adjective--St. Lucian(s). Population (2008): 170,000. Annual growth rate (2006): 0.74%. Ethnic groups: African descent 90%, mixed 6%, East Indian 3%, European 1%. Religions: Roman Catholic, Seventh Day Adventist, various Protestant denominations. Languages: English (official); a French patois is common throughout the country. Education (2004): Adult literacy--94.8%. Health (2006): Infant mortality rate--12/1,000. Life expectancy--men 73 years; women 76 years. Unemployment (2006): 15.7%.

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