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Saint Lucia - Introduction 2000
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Background: The island with its fine natural harbor at Castries was contested between England and France throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries (changing possession 14 times); it was finally ceded to the UK in 1814. Self government was granted in 1967 and independence in 1979.


Saint Lucia - Geography 2000
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Location: Caribbean island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean north of Trinidad and Tobago

Geographic coordinates: 13 53 N 60 68 W

Map referenceCentral America and the Caribbean

Area
Comparative: 3.5 times the size of Washington DC

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 158 km

Maritime claims: 200 nm

Climate: tropical moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season from January to April rainy season from May to August

Terrain: volcanic and mountainous with some broad fertile valleys

Elevation

Natural resources: forests sandy beaches minerals (pumice) mineral springs geothermal potential
Land use

Land use

Irrigated land: 10 km² (1993 est.)

Major rivers

Major watersheds area km²

Total water withdrawal

Total renewable water resources

Natural hazards: hurricanes and volcanic activity

Geography


Saint Lucia - People 2000
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Population: 156,260 (July 2000 est.)
Growth rate: 1.21% (2000 est.)
Below poverty line: NA%

Nationality

Ethnic groups: black 90% mixed 6% East Indian 3% white 1%

Languages: English (official) French patois

Religions: Roman Catholic 90% Protestant 7% Anglican 3%

Demographic profile
Age structure

Age structure

Dependency ratios

Median age

Population growth rate: 1.21% (2000 est.)

Birth rate: 22.19 births/1000 population (2000 est.)

Death rate: 5.43 deaths/1000 population (2000 est.)

Net migration rate: -4.67 migrant(s)/1000 population (2000 est.)

Population distribution

Urbanization

Major urban areas

Environment
Current issues: deforestation; soil erosion particularly in the northern region

Air pollutants

Sex ratio

Mothers mean age at first birth

Maternal mortality ratio

Infant mortality rate: 15.64 deaths/1000 live births (2000 est.)

Life expectancy at birth

Total fertility rate: 2.42 children born/woman (2000 est.)

Contraceptive prevalence rate

Drinking water source

Current health expenditure

Physicians density

Hospital bed density

Sanitation facility access

Hiv/Aids

Major infectious diseases

Obesity adult prevalence rate

Alcohol consumption

Tobacco use

Children under the age of 5 years underweight

Education expenditures

Literacy

School life expectancy primary to tertiary education

Youth unemployment


Saint Lucia - Government 2000
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Country name

Government type: Westminster-style parliamentary democracy

Capital: Castries

Administrative divisions: 11 quarters; Anse-la-Raye Castries Choiseul Dauphin Dennery Gros Islet Laborie Micoud Praslin Soufriere Vieux Fort

Dependent areas

Independence: 22 February 1979 (from UK)

National holiday: Independence Day 22 February (1979)

Constitution: 22 February 1979

Legal system: based on English common law

International law organization participation

Citizenship

Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

Executive branch

Legislative branch: bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (11 seats; six members appointed on the advice of the prime minister three on the advice of the leader of the opposition and two after consultation with religious economic and social groups) and the House of Assembly (17 seats; members are elected by popular vote from single-member constituencies to serve five-year terms)

Judicial branch: Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (jurisdiction extends to Anguilla Antigua and Barbuda the British Virgin Islands Dominica Grenada Montserrat Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)

Political parties and leaders: National Freedom Party or NFP [Martinus FRANCOIS]; Saint Lucia Labor Party or SLP [Kenneth ANTHONY]; United Workers Party or UWP [leader NA]

International organization participation: ACCT (associate) ACP C Caricom CDB ECLAC FAO G-77 IBRD ICAO ICFTU ICRM IDA IFAD IFC IFRCS ILO IMF IMO Intelsat (nonsignatory user) Interpol IOC ISO (subscriber) ITU NAM OAS OECS OPANAL OPCW UN UNCTAD UNESCO UNIDO UPU WCL WFTU WHO WIPO WMO WTrO

Diplomatic representation
From the us: the US does not have an embassy in Saint Lucia; the US Ambassador in Barbados is accredited to Saint Lucia

Flag descriptionflag of Saint%20Lucia: blue with a gold isosceles triangle below a black arrowhead; the upper edges of the arrowhead have a white border

National symbols

National anthem

National heritage


Saint Lucia - Economy 2000
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Economy overview: The recent changes in the EU import preference regime and the increased competition from Latin American bananas have made economic diversification increasingly important in Saint Lucia. Improvement in the construction sector and growth of the tourism industry helped expand GDP in 1998-99. The agriculture sector registered its fifth year of decline in 1997 primarily because of a severe decline in banana production. The manufacturing sector is the most diverse in the Eastern Caribbean and the government is beginning to develop regulations for the small offshore financial sector.

Real gdp purchasing power parity

Real gdp growth rate: 2.9% (1998 est.)

Real gdp per capita ppp

Gross national saving
Gdp composition by sector of origin

Gdp composition by end use

Gdp composition by sector of origin

Agriculture products: bananas coconuts vegetables citrus root crops cocoa

Industries: clothing assembly of electronic components beverages corrugated cardboard boxes tourism lime processing coconut processing

Industrial production growth rate: -8.9% (1997 est.)

Labor force: 43,800
By occupation agriculture: 43.4%
By occupation services: 38.9%
By occupation industry and commerce: 17.7% (1983 est.)
Labor force

Unemployment rate: 15% (1996 est.)

Youth unemployment

Population below poverty line: NA%

Gini index

Household income or consumption by percentage share

Distribution of family income gini index

Budget

Public debt

Taxes and other revenues

Revenue

Fiscal year: 1 April - 31 March

Current account balance

Inflation rate consumer prices: 3.7% (1998 est.)

Central bank discount rate

Commercial bank prime lending rate

Stock of narrow money

Stock of broad money

Stock of domestic credit

Market value of publicly traded shares

Current account balance

Exports: $75 million (1998)
Commodities: bananas 41% clothing cocoa vegetables fruits coconut oil
Partners: UK 50% US 24% Caricom countries 16% (1995)

Imports: $290 million (1998)
Commodities: food 23% manufactured goods 21% machinery and transportation equipment 19% chemicals fuels
Partners: US 36% Caricom countries 22% UK 11% Japan 5% Canada 4% (1995)

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold

Debt external: $135 million (1998)

Stock of direct foreign investment at home

Stock of direct foreign investment abroad

Exchange rates: East Caribbean dollars (EC$) per US$1 - 2.7000 (fixed rate since 1976)


Saint Lucia - Energy 2000
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Electricity access

Electricity production: 110 million kWh (1998)

Electricity consumption: 102 million kWh (1998)

Electricity exports: 0 kWh (1998)

Electricity imports: 0 kWh (1998)

Electricity installed generating capacity

Electricity transmission distribution losses

Electricity generation sources

Petroleum

Refined petroleum

Natural gas

Carbon dioxide emissions

Energy consumption per capita


Saint Lucia - Communication 2000
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Telephones fixed lines

Telephones mobile cellular: 1000 (1995)

Telephone system

Broadcast media

Internet country code

Internet users

Broadband fixed subscriptions


Saint Lucia - Military 2000
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Military expenditures
Dollar figure: $5 million (FY91/92)
Percent of gdp: 2% (FY91/92)

Military and security forces

Military service age and obligation

Terrorist groups


Saint Lucia - Transportation 2000
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National air transport system

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix

Airports: 2 (1999 est.)

Airports with paved runways

Airports with unpaved runways

Heliports

Pipelines

Railways: 0 km

Roadways

Waterways

Merchant marine: none (1999 est.)

Ports and terminals


Saint Lucia - Transnational issues 2000
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Disputes international: none

Refugees and internally displaced persons

Illicit drugs: transit point for South American drugs destined for the US and Europe


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