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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Country Guide

Explore Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in North America

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with the capital city Kingstown is located in North America (Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean). It covers some 390 square kilometres (twice the size of Washington, DC) with 117,534 citizens.

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The landscape offers volcanic, mountainous. The average density of population is approximately 302 per km². The notable climate conditions in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines can be described as tropical with little seasonal temperature variation, rainy season (May to November). Potential threats by nature are hurricanes or Soufriere volcano on the island of Saint Vincent being a constant threat.

To reach someone in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines dial +1-784 prior to a number. There are 23,000 installed telephones. And there are 121,100 registered mobile phones. The cellular networks commonly support frequencies of 1800 Mhz. Websites registered in this country end with the top level domain ".vc". If you want to bring electric equipment on your trip (e.g. laptop power supply), note the local power outlet of 230V - 50Hz.

About the flag and history of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Three vertical bands of blue (hoist side), gold (double width), and green; the gold band bears three green diamonds arranged in a V pattern, which stands for Vincent; the diamonds recall the islands as the "Gems of the Antilles"; blue conveys the colors of a tropical sky and crystal waters, yellow signifies the golden Grenadine sands, and green represents lush vegetation.

Resistance by native Caribs prevented colonization on Saint Vincent until 1719. Disputed between France and the United Kingdom for most of the 18th century, the island was ceded to the latter in 1783. Between 1960 and 1962, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was a separate administrative unit of the Federation of the West Indies. Autonomy was granted in 1969 and independence in 1979.


Geography Quick-Facts

Summary Continent: North America
Capital: Kingstown
Size 389 square kilometers (km² or sqkm) or 150 square miles (mi² or sqmi)
twice the size of Washington, DC
Population 117,534
Currency Name: Dollar, Currency Code: XCD
Country Top Level Domain (cTLD) .vc
Telephone Country Prefix +1-784
Mobile Phone Connections 121,100
Landline Phone Connections 23,000

Country Position in World Rankings

Information about single country attributes and how these compare against the rest of the world. The information below is compiled with data from 2013. As such, it may differ a bit to the Information above in the text (which is from 2010).

Geography

Value name Value World Rank
Area 389 (sq km) 204

People and Society

Value name Value World Rank
Population 103,220 195
Population growth rate -0.30 (%) 217
Birth rate 14.12 (births/1,000 population) 142
Death rate 7.06 (deaths/1,000 population) 130
Net migration rate -10.04 (migrant(s)/1,000 population) 210
Maternal mortality rate 48.00 (deaths/100,000 live births) 109
Infant mortality rate 13.46 (deaths/1,000 live births) 124
Life expectancy at birth 74.62 (years) 108
Total fertility rate 1.87 (children born/woman) 144
Health expenditures 4.50 (% of GDP) 154
Obesity - adult prevalence rate 23.40 (%) 75
Education expenditures 5.10 (% of GDP) 69

Economy

Value name Value World Rank
GDP (purchasing power parity) 1,312,000,000 200
GDP - real growth rate 0.50 (%) 171
GDP - per capita (PPP) 12,000 108
Labor force 57,520 187
Unemployment rate 15.00 (%) 146
Taxes and other revenues 26.0 (% of GDP) 112
Public debt 68.00 (% of GDP) 40
Inflation rate (consumer prices) 5.10 (%) 141
Central bank discount rate 6.50 (%) 46
Commercial bank prime lending rate 9.13 (%) 97
Stock of narrow money 135,000,000 180
Stock of broad money 431,900,000 179
Stock of domestic credit 408,800,000 176
Current account balance -226,200,000 80
Exports 68,300,000 194
Imports 366,500,000 193
Debt - external 252,200,000 183

Energy

Value name Value World Rank
Electricity - production 132,000,000 (kWh) 188
Electricity - consumption 122,800,000 (kWh) 193
Electricity - installed generating capacity 49000 (kW) 185
Electricity - from fossil fuels 81.6 (% of total installed capacity) 92
Electricity - from hydroelectric plants 18.4 (% of total installed capacity) 96
Refined petroleum products - consumption 1,948 (bbl/day) 190
Refined petroleum products - imports 1,474 (bbl/day) 186
Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy 332,600 (Mt) 185

Communications

Value name Value World Rank
Telephones - main lines in use 22,700 186
Telephones - mobile cellular 131,800 185
Internet hosts 305 191
Internet users 76,000 169

Transportation

Value name Value World Rank
Airports 6 176
Roadways 829 (km) 186
Merchant marine 412 25

Data based on CIA facts book 2010 & 2013, wikipedia, national statistical offices and their census releases

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