Quick Facts

  • Contested between France and Great Britain throughout the 17th an early 18th century (changing possession 14 times). Finally ceded to the United Kingdom in 1814.
  • Gained independence from the United Kingdom on February 22, 1979
  • Location:  Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago.  One of the Windward Islands
  • Area:  238.33 sq. miles, three and a half times the size of Washington, D.C.
  • Population:  162, 178 (July 2012)
  • Capital and major city:  Castries, 15,000
  • Climate:  tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season January thru April, rainy season May thru August
  • Terrain:  volcanic and mountainous with some broad fertile valleys
  • Nationality:  Saint Lucians
  • Ethnic groups:  black, 82%, mixed 11.9%, East Indian 2.4%, other
  • Language:  English (official), French patois
  • Religions:  Roman Catholic 67.5%, Protestant 18.2%, other
  • Literacy:  90.1% age 15 and over can read and write
  • Economy:  Although crops such as bananas, mangoes and avocados continue to be grown for export, tourism provides Saint Lucia’s main source of income and is the islands biggest employer.  Economic fundamentals are solid, but unemployment remains relatively high.
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com



Government in Power

  • St. Lucia has a parlimentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
  • Chief of State:  Queen Elizabeth II, represented by Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy, appointed by the Monarchy
  • Head of Government:  Prime Minister Kenny Davis Anthony – leader of the majority party or majority coalition usually appointed by the Governor General


Healthcare Statistics

  • Life expectancy:  77.04 years
  • Health expenditures:  8.1% of GDP
  • Physicians density:  0.473 physicians/1,000 population
  • Hospital bed density:  1.4 beds/1,000 population
  • One public and one private hospital in St. Lucia
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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