- 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.
Images From the Field
Health education in the field This is a very important topic that I believe is often overlooked on many mission trips! While it’s wonderful to go spend a week doing clinic work, the reality of these mission trips is that it’s a short-term mission trip, and when the week or so is over, clinic ends! […]
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