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The Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines consists of the main island of Saint Vincent and the northern part of the archipelago of the Grenadines. Full independence from the UK was achieved in 1979. Previously dominant banana exports have declined since the EU phased out favorable conditions. Sailors and divers like to go to the beautiful beaches of the Grenadines, but tourism is less developed than in other Caribbean countries. Unemployment is high and the problems are great with drug-related crime.
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Geography and climate

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a small nation in the small Antilles desert chain that separates the Caribbean from the Atlantic. The country consists of the mountainous volcanic island of Saint Vincent and just over 30 smaller islands in the Grenadines archipelago.

The mountains of Saint Vincent are largely covered by tropical rainforests. The island, which makes up almost nine-tenths of the country's surface, measures just under twice three miles. To the north is the country's highest point, the volcano La Soufrière. The last eruption of the volcano occurred in 1979. The capital Kingstown is located on the coast to the south.

The Grenadines are located between Saint Vincent and Grenada, ten miles south. One third of the archipelago belongs to Grenada. Both countries are part of the Lovward Islands (Windward Islands) which make up the southern part of the Little Antilles.

Geography and climate of St. Vincent

Many of the Grenadines have beautiful sandy beaches with coral reefs outside. Seven of the islands belonging to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are inhabited: Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island and Petit Saint Vincent. (Sometimes eight islands are counted, but the eighth, Young Island, is just a few hundred meters outside Saint Vincent.)

The climate in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is tropical and it is quite hot all year round. The pass winds blowing from the northeast will give some coolness.

The rainy season is June-November. During the drier period it is somewhat cooler. The mountainous, central part of Saint Vincent gets more rainfall than the other parts. At least rain falls in the south.

The land is on the edge of the Atlantic Hurricane belt and often escapes the worst devastation that afflicts islands further north. But the risk of hurricanes and other natural disasters increases with climate change, and like all small islands, Saint Vincent is threatened by rising sea levels.

Surface

389 km2 (2018)

Time

Swedish –5 hours

Capital with number of inhabitants

Kingstown 35,000 Residents with Suburbs (Estimated 2017)

Other major cities

Georgetown 1,700 (estimated)

Highest mountain

La Soufrière (1234 m asl)

 

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