St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Population: 120,000 (est.)
- The East Caribbean dollar is the official currency of St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
- Christianity is an important part of most Vincentians’ lives. The largest segment of the population is Methodist, followed by other Protestant religions, plus a small Roman Catholic population.
- Agriculture, dominated by banana production, is the most important sector of this lower-middle-income economy. The services sector, based mostly on a growing tourist industry, is also important.
- The climate differs between the islands. The Grenadines to the south are slightly drier and marginally warmer than St Vincent.
- In St Vincent the dry season runs from January to May with the high season (winter) running from December to April/May.
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines were first found by the famous explorer Christopher Columbus in 1498.
- Two of the popular local drinks found in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are Hairoun beer and Sunset rum.
- All three parts of the movie ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ were shot in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island country in the Lesser Antilles chain, in the southern portion of the Windward Islands, which lie at the southern end of the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea where the latter meets the Atlantic Ocean.
Its 389 km2 (150 sq mi) territory consists of the main island of Saint Vincent and the northern two-thirds of the Grenadines, which are a chain of smaller islands stretching south from Saint Vincent Island to Grenada. The main island of Saint Vincent measures 18 km (11 mi) long, 11 km (6.8 mi) in width and 344 km2 (133 sq mi) in area. From the most northern to the most southern points, the Grenadine islands belonging to Saint Vincent span 60.4 km (37.5 mi) with a combined area of 45 km2 (17 sq mi). Most of the nation lies within the Hurricane Belt.
To the north of Saint Vincent lies Saint Lucia, to the east Barbados. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a densely populated country (over 300 inhabitants/km2) with approximately 120,000 inhabitants.
Its capital is Kingstown, also its main port. The country has a French and British colonial history and is now part of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, CARICOM, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).