The Island St. Lucia in the Caribbean Sea
Saint Lucia (capital Castries)
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World Factbook: "The island nation has been able to attract foreign business and investment, especially in its offshore banking and tourism industries, with a surge in foreign direct investment in 2006, attributed to the construction of several tourism projects. Although crops such as bananas, mangos, and avocados continue to be grown for export, tourism provides Saint Lucia's main source of income and the industry is the island's biggest employer."
Economic growth rate
2009: minus 1.3%
Labor force in agriculture
2009: 8.1% of GDP
Living in an urban area
Net migration rate
2012: A net loss of 3.54 persons per 1,000 population.
2001 census: black 82.5%, mixed 11.9%, East Indian 2.4%, other or unspecified 3.1%.
2001 census: Roman Catholic 67.5%, Protestant 18.2% (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%
Volcanic Island in the Caribbean Sea, north of Trinidad and Tobago. Good natural harbor. Tropical, with forests and sandy beaches. About 12 miles wide and 27 miles long (20 x 43 km).
Chief of state: Elizabeth II (queen, House of Windsor) since 6 February, 1952. Head of government: Kenneth Anthony (prime minister) since 30 November 2011, Labour Party.
Parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm, represented by a governor general.
In the 1600s and 1700s the island changed from English to French control 14 times. Britain held exclusive control after 1814 and granted the island self-government in 1967. Independence came in 1979.
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