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 Saint Lucia
Administrative divisions 11 quarters; Anse-la-Raye, Castries, Choiseul, Dauphin, Dennery, Gros-Islet, Laborie, Micoud, Praslin, Soufriere, Vieux-Fort
Age structure 0-14 years: 30.3% (male 25,937/female 24,391)

15-64 years: 64.6% (male 52,813/female 54,544)

65 years and over: 5.2% (male 3,172/female 5,455) (2005 est.)
Agriculture - products bananas, coconuts, vegetables, citrus, root crops, cocoa
Airports 2 (2004 est.)
Airports - with paved runways total: 2

2,438 to 3,047 m: 1

1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (2004 est.)
Area total: 616 sq km

land: 606 sq km

water: 10 sq km
Area - comparative 3.5 times the size of Washington, DC
Background The island, with its fine natural harbor at Castries, was contested between England and France throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries (changing possession 14 times); it was finally ceded to the UK in 1814. Self-government was granted in 1967 and independence in 1979.
Birth rate 20.05 births/1,000 population (2005 est.)
Budget revenues: $141.2 million

expenditures: $146.7 million, including capital expenditures of $25.1 million (2000 est.)
Capital Castries
Climate tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season from January to April, rainy season from May to August
Coastline 158 km
Constitution 22 February 1979
Country name conventional long form: none

conventional short form: Saint Lucia
Death rate 5.12 deaths/1,000 population (2005 est.)
Debt - external $214 million (2000)
Diplomatic representation from the US the US does not have an embassy in Saint Lucia; the US Ambassador to Barbados is accredited to Saint Lucia
Diplomatic representation in the US chief of mission: Ambassador Sonia Merlyn JOHNNY

chancery: 3216 New Mexico Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016

telephone: [1] (202) 364-6792 through 6795

FAX: [1] (202) 364-6723

consulate(s) general: Miami and New York
Disputes - international joins other Caribbean states to counter Venezuela's claim that Aves Island sustains human habitation, a criterion under UNCLOS, which permits Venezuela to extend its EEZ/continental shelf over a large portion of the Caribbean Sea
Economic aid - recipient $51.8 million (1995)
Economy - overview Changes in the EU import preference regime and the increased competition from Latin American bananas have made economic diversification increasingly important in Saint Lucia. The island nation has been able to attract foreign business and investment, especially in its offshore banking and tourism industries. The manufacturing sector is the most diverse in the Eastern Caribbean area, and the government is trying to revitalize the banana industry. Economic fundamentals remain solid, even though unemployment needs to be cut.
Electricity - consumption 251.3 million kWh (2002)
Electricity - exports 0 kWh (2002)
Electricity - imports 0 kWh (2002)
Electricity - production 270.3 million kWh (2002)
Elevation extremes lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m

highest point: Mount Gimie 950 m
Environment - current issues deforestation; soil erosion, particularly in the northern region
Environment - international agreements party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Whaling

signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
Ethnic groups black 90%, mixed 6%, East Indian 3%, white 1%
Exchange rates East Caribbean dollars per US dollar - 2.7 (2004), 2.7 (2003), 2.7 (2002), 2.7 (2001), 2.7 (2000)
Executive branch chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor General Dame Pearlette LOUISY (since September 1997)

head of government: Prime Minister Kenneth Davis ANTHONY (since 24 May 1997) and Deputy Prime Minister Mario MICHEL (since 24 May 1997)

cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister

elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; the governor general is appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or the leader of a majority coalition is usually appointed prime minister by the governor general; deputy prime minister appointed by the governor general
Exports 0 kWh (2002)
Exports $66 million (2002 est.)
Exports NA
Exports - commodities bananas 41%, clothing, cocoa, vegetables, fruits, coconut oil
Exports - partners UK 41.4%, US 16.5%, Brazil 11.6%, Barbados 5.8%, Antigua and Barbuda 4.6%, Dominica 4.5% (2004)
Fiscal year 1 April - 31 March
Flag description blue, with a gold isosceles triangle below a black arrowhead; the upper edges of the arrowhead have a white border
GDP - composition by sector agriculture: 7%

industry: 20%

services: 73% (2002 est.)
GDP - per capita purchasing power parity - $5,400 (2002 est.)
GDP - real growth rate 3.3% (2002 est.)
Geographic coordinates 13 53 N, 60 68 W
Geography - note the twin Pitons (Gros Piton and Petit Piton), striking cone-shaped peaks south of Soufriere, are one of the scenic natural highlights of the Caribbean
Highways total: 1,210 km

paved: 63 km

unpaved: 1,147 km (1999 est.)
Household income or consumption by percentage share lowest 10%: NA

highest 10%: NA
Illicit drugs transit point for South American drugs destined for the US and Europe
Imports 0 kWh (2002)
Imports $267 million (2002 est.)
Imports NA
Imports - commodities food 23%, manufactured goods 21%, machinery and transportation equipment 19%, chemicals, fuels
Imports - partners US 27.8%, Trinidad and Tobago 20.4%, UK 8%, Venezuela 7.6%, Finland 7% (2004)
Independence 22 February 1979 (from UK)
Industrial production growth rate -8.9% (1997 est.)
Industries clothing, assembly of electronic components, beverages, corrugated cardboard boxes, tourism, lime processing, coconut processing
Infant mortality rate total: 13.53 deaths/1,000 live births

male: 14.66 deaths/1,000 live births

female: 12.32 deaths/1,000 live births (2005 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices) 3% (2001 est.)
International organization participation ACCT, ACP, C, Caricom, CDB, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt (signatory), ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, ISO, ITU, MIGA, NAM, OAS, OECS, OPANAL, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO
Irrigated land 30 sq km (1998 est.)
Judicial branch Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (jurisdiction extends to Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)
Labor force 43,800 (2001 est.)
Labor force - by occupation agriculture 21.7%, industry, commerce, and manufacturing 24.7%, services 53.6% (2002 est.)
Land boundaries 0 km
Land use arable land: 6.56%

permanent crops: 22.95%

other: 70.49% (2001)
Languages English (official), French patois
Legal system based on English common law
Legislative branch bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (11 seats; six members appointed on the advice of the prime minister, three on the advice of the leader of the opposition, and two after consultation with religious, economic, and social groups) and the House of Assembly (17 seats; members are elected by popular vote from single-member constituencies to serve five-year terms)

elections: House of Assembly - last held 3 December 2001 (next to be held in December 2006)

election results: House of Assembly - percent of vote by party - SLP 55%, UWP 37%, NA 3.5%; seats by party - SLP 14, UWP 3
Life expectancy at birth total population: 73.61 years

male: 70.05 years

female: 77.42 years (2005 est.)
Literacy definition: age 15 and over has ever attended school

total population: 90.1%

male: 89.5%

female: 90.6% (2001 est.)
Location Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago
Map references Central America and the Caribbean
Maritime claims territorial sea: 12 nm

contiguous zone: 24 nm

exclusive economic zone: 200 nm

continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin
Military branches Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (includes Special Service Unit, Coast Guard)
Military expenditures - dollar figure NA
Military expenditures - percent of GDP NA
National holiday Independence Day, 22 February (1979)
Nationality noun: Saint Lucian(s)

adjective: Saint Lucian
Natural hazards hurricanes and volcanic activity
Natural resources forests, sandy beaches, minerals (pumice), mineral springs, geothermal potential
Net migration rate -2.19 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2005 est.)
Political parties and leaders National Alliance or NA [George ODLUM]; Saint Lucia Freedom Party or SFP [Martinus FRANCOIS]; Saint Lucia Labor Party or SLP [Kenneth ANTHONY]; Sou Tout Apwe Fete Fini or STAFF [Christopher HUNTE]; United Workers Party or UWP [Dr. Morella JOSEPH]
Political pressure groups and leaders NA
Population 166,312 (July 2005 est.)
Population below poverty line NA
Population growth rate 1.28% (2005 est.)
Ports and harbors Castries, Cul-de-Sac, Vieux-Fort
Radio broadcast stations AM 2, FM 7, shortwave 0 (2004)
Religions Roman Catholic 67.5%, Seventh Day Adventist 8.5%, Pentecostal 5.7%, Anglican 2%, Evangelical 2%, other Christian 5.1%, Rastafarian 2.1%, other 1.1%, unspecified 1.5%, none 4.5% (2001 census)
Sex ratio at birth: 1.07 male(s)/female

under 15 years: 1.06 male(s)/female

15-64 years: 0.97 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 0.58 male(s)/female

total population: 0.97 male(s)/female (2005 est.)
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal
Telephone system general assessment: adequate system

domestic: system is automatically switched

international: country code - 1-758; direct microwave radio relay link with Martinique and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; tropospheric scatter to Barbados; international calls beyond these countries are carried by Intelsat from Martinique
Telephones - main lines in use 51,100 (2002)
Telephones - mobile cellular 14,300 (2002)
Television broadcast stations 2 (of which one is a commercial broadcast station and one is a community antenna television or CATV channel) (2004)
Terrain volcanic and mountainous with some broad, fertile valleys
Total fertility rate 2.21 children born/woman (2005 est.)
Unemployment rate 20% (2003 est.)
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