Quick Facts

  • Officially known as the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • First charted by Christopher Columbus in 1493
  • Gained independence from the United Kingdom on September 19, 1983
  • Location:  Caribbean, islands in the Caribbean Sea, known as the Leeward Islands.  About 1/3 of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago
  • Area:  104 sq. miles, one and a half times the size of Washington, D.C.  The smallest sovereign state in the Americas in both population and area.
  • Population:  50,726
  • Capital and major city:  Basseterre, 13,000
  • Climate:  tropical, tempered by constanct sea breezes, little seasonal temperature variation, rainy season (May-November)
  • Terrain:  volcanic with mountainous interiors
  • Nationality:  Kittitians, Nevisians
  • Ethnic groups:  predominately black; some British, Portuguese and Lebanese
  • Language:  English (official)
  • Religions:  Anglican, other Protestant, Roman Catholic
  • Literacy:  97.8% age 15 and over can read and write
  • Economy:  Since the 1970’s, tourism has replaced sugar as the mainstay of the economy.
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com



Government in Power

  • Saint Kitts and Nevis has a parliamentary government and a Commonwealth realm.
  • Chief of State:  Queen Elizabeth II represented by Governor General Cuthbert Montraville Sebastian, appointed by the Monarchy
  • Head of Government:  Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas.  The Prime Minister is usually head of the majority party or party coalition and appointed by the Governor General.


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