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Map of Grenada placed in the Caribbean Sea

The island of Grenada

Map of 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 US dollars)
2010: $10,200

Labor force in agriculture
1999: 24%

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
2005: 14.62

Average life expectancy at birth
2011: 73.04 years
2005: 64.53


July 2011: 108,419

Birth and death rates, per 1,000 population
2011: births 17.01, deaths 7.94

Living in an urban area
2010: 31%

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
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.

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.

Recent History

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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