Where is Saint Vincent and the Grenadines?

Located in the Caribbean, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island nation. It has a 84.00 km coastline. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines disputes Venezuela's claim that Aves Island sustains human habitation.

The capital city of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is Kingstown. It became the capital in 1979 when the country got its independence, although it had been established as a settlement by French settlers in 1722. It is located on the Southwest coast of the island of St Vincent. The capital’s well-preserved architecture, botanical garden and water sports provide a lot to see and do. It had a population of 40,020 in 2014. The climate on the island is tropical rainforest which means that it is hot and humid all through the year.

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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a North American country covering 389.00 km2. This makes it the 12th smallest country in the world and twice the size of Washington, DC. Its geographic coordinates are 13 15 N, 61 12 W and Kingstown is the capital city.

It was named Saint Vincent after Saint Vincent of Saragossa by Christopher Columbus.

Its ISO code is VC.

Geography

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has a mean elevation of 0 m above sea level.

It has a tropical climate with a rainy season from November to April and a dry season from May to October. Its terrain is mostly volcanic and mountainous.

Population

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has a population of 102,350 making it the 194th largest in the world. The majority of the population is concentrated in and around Kingstown.

English is the official language, while French patois is also widely spoken. The majority of the population is reported as black, mixed, or East Indian. The majority of the population is Protestant Christian.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines uses English as the official language. It is the language used in government, media, and education, as well as for other formal purposes. The use of the English language began when the British colonizers took control of the island in 1763 and continued to use it even after independence in 1979. Besides English, Vincentian Creole is widely used as the second language and can be heard vastly in informal settings. Both English and Vincentian Creole uses the Latin alphabet which comprises of 26 letters. In Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, there are about 400,000 English speakers and 138,000 Vincentian Creole speakers. Vincentian Creole is English based and derives most words from English vocabulary. Due to the British influence on the Island, written texts mainly use British spellings. The minority language on the island is French Patois. It has a mixture of French and African grammar and developed during the French rule in Saint Vincent and Grenadines.

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The dialing code for the country is -783.

Government

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an independent country. It gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1979. Its constitution was last ratified in 1979.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has both a parliamentary democracy as well as a constitutional monarchy. The parliament building is known as the Courthouse and is in the capital city while the official residence of the Governor-General is at Old Montrose. Typically, the prime minister is the leader of the majority party, and the Governor-General represents the British monarch. Also, there is a House of Assembly composed of 15 members elected for a five-year term.

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Economy

Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines's GDP is $1,241,000,000.00 (USD) with $11,300.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 200th largest economy and its citizens the 129th richest in the world. The currency of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is the Dollar (XCD).

Its major export partners are Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, and Barbados. Its main exports are bananas, eddoes, and dasheen. Its major import partners are Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, and Singapore. Its major imports include foodstuffs, machinery and equipment, and chemicals.

Flag

The Gem is the official flag of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It is tricolored with blue, yellow and green. At the center of the mid yellow color is a set of three diamonds arranged in the V-shaped pattern. The flag was officially unveiled in 1985. The flag colors represent the general environment of the island—clear sky, golden sand, and abundant vegetation.

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This page was last modified on January 17th, 2018