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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 389 square kilometres (twice the size of Washington, DC) with 117,534 citizens.

Interactive map of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

The topography includes 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 and rainy season (May to November). Possible natural disasters include hurricanes or Soufriere volcano on the island of Saint Vincent is 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

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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

SummaryContinent: North America
Capital: Kingstown
Size389 square kilometers (km² or sqkm) or 150 square miles (mi² or sqmi)
twice the size of Washington, DC
CurrencyName Dollar, Currency Code:XCD
Country Top Level Domain (cTLD).vc
Telephone Country Prefix+1-784
Mobile Phone Connections121,100
Landline Phone Connections23,000

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).


Value nameValueWorld Rank
Area389 (sq km)204

People and Society

Value nameValueWorld Rank
Population103,220 195
Population growth rate-0.30 (%)217
Birth rate14.12 (births/1,000 population)142
Death rate7.06 (deaths/1,000 population)130
Net migration rate-10.04 (migrant(s)/1,000 population)210
Maternal mortality rate48.00 (deaths/100,000 live births)109
Infant mortality rate13.46 (deaths/1,000 live births)124
Life expectancy at birth74.62 (years)108
Total fertility rate1.87 (children born/woman)144
Health expenditures4.50 (% of GDP)154
Obesity - adult prevalence rate23.40 (%)75
Education expenditures5.10 (% of GDP)69


Value nameValueWorld Rank
GDP (purchasing power parity)1,312,000,000 200
GDP - real growth rate0.50 (%)171
GDP - per capita (PPP)12,000 108
Labor force57,520 187
Unemployment rate15.00 (%)146
Taxes and other revenues26.00 (% of GDP)112
Public debt68.00 (% of GDP)40
Inflation rate (consumer prices)5.10 (%)141
Central bank discount rate6.50 (%)46
Commercial bank prime lending rate9.13 (%)97
Stock of narrow money135,000,000 180
Stock of broad money431,900,000 179
Stock of domestic credit408,800,000 176
Current account balance-226,200,000 80
Exports68,300,000 194
Imports366,500,000 193
Debt - external252,200,000 183


Value nameValueWorld Rank
Electricity - production132,000,000 (kWh)188
Electricity - consumption122,800,000 (kWh)193
Electricity - installed generating capacity49,000 (kW)185
Electricity - from fossil fuels81.60 (% of total installed capacity)92
Electricity - from hydroelectric plants18.40 (% of total installed capacity)96
Refined petroleum products - consumption1,948 (bbl/day)190
Refined petroleum products - imports1,474 (bbl/day)186
Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy332,600 (Mt)185


Value nameValueWorld Rank
Telephones - main lines in use22,700 186
Telephones - mobile cellular131,800 185
Internet hosts305 191
Internet users76,000 169


Value nameValueWorld Rank
Airports6 176
Roadways829 (km)186
Merchant marine412 25

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

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