The island of Grenada
Grenada and its capital, Saint George's
World Factbook: "Grenada relies on tourism as its main source of foreign exchange especially since the construction of an international airport in 1985."
Estimated per capita GDP (2010 U.S. dollars)
Labor force in agriculture
2009: revenues as of GDP, 16.0%; as a percentage of expenditures, 81%.
Exports bananas, cocoa, nutmeg, fruit and vegetables, clothing, mace.
Infant mortality (deaths before the age of one year per 1,000 live births)
2011: 11.43 deaths
Average life expectancy at birth
2011: 73.04 years
July 2011: 108,419
Birth and death rates, per 1,000 population
2011: births 17.01, deaths 7.94
Living in an urban area
Density estimated in 2005: 260 persons per square kilometer.
Net migration rate
2010: A net loss of 3.56 persons per 1,000 population. Many young people have been leaving the island to places such as New York City, Toronto, London, Yorkshire, Montreal, Australia and a few to Paris.
Ethnic groups: black 82%, mixed black and European 13%, European and East Indian 5%, and trace of Arawak/Carib Amerindia
Roman Catholic 53%, Anglican 13.8%, other Protestant 33.2%
Volcanic island near eastern Venezuela, north of Trinidad, about 10 by 20 miles.
Chief of state: Elizabeth II (queen, House of Windsor) since February 6 1952. Head of government: Tillman Thomas (prime minister) since 9 July 2008, National Democratic Congress (center-left).
Bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (13 seats with 10 members appointed by the government and 3 members appointed by the leader of the opposition) and the House of Representatives (15 seats with members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms.)
Capital: Saint George's.
1967: Britain gives Grenada autonomy over its internal affairs.
1974: Full independence is attained, making Grenada one of the smallest independent countries in the Western Hemisphere.
October 19, 1983: Grenada is was seized by a Marxist military council. Six days later the islands is invaded by US forces and those of six other Caribbean nations.
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