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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.
|Cultivated land||25.6 %|
|Land area||389 km 2|
Population and health
|Population development||-0.28 ‰|
|Urban population (Urbanization)||50.6 %|
|Death rate||7.18 per 1000 residents|
|Life expectancy: Women||77.13 years|
|Life expectancy: Men||73.11 years|
|Birth rate||13.57 births per 1000 residents|
|Infant mortality||12.69 deaths / 1000 births|
Population Graph Source: Countryaah.com
|Electricity, production||137 million kWh|
|Energy consumption per resident||kg. oil per resident|
|Natural gas, production||million cubic meters|
|Crude oil, production||million tons|
|Internet users||72.7 per 100 residents|
|Mobile subscriptions||112 per 100 residents|
|Passenger cars||204 per 1000 residents|
Business and economics
|Unemployment||18.8% of the workforce|
|GDP||11000 per resident|
|Primary occupations||26 %|
|Secondary profession||17 %|
|Tertiary professions||57 %|
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.
389 km2 (2018)
Swedish –5 hours
Capital with number of residents
Kingstown 35,000 Residents with Suburbs
Other major cities
Georgetown 1,700 (estimated)
La Soufrière (1234 m asl)