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St Kitts and Nevis Facts

Where is Saint Kitts and Nevis situated ?
The smallest country in the Americas, by population as well as area, Saint Kitts and Nevis is a federal two-island sovereign state situated in West Indies.

How is the geography of Saint Kitts and Nevis ?
The country of Saint Kitts and Nevis comprises of two main islands, namely, Saint Kitts and Nevis. These islands are essentially of volcanic origin and hence are mostly inhabited. Majority of the people residing on the islands live closer to the area of the sea where the terrain is more flat. Several rivers descend from mountains of both these islands providing fresh water to the population.

What is the capital of St. Kitts and Nevis ?
The headquarters of the Government and the capital city of Saint Kitts and Nevis is Basseterre which is located on Saint Kitts, the larger island whereas Nevis, the smaller island lies around 3 kilometers (2 miles) to the south-east of Saint Kitts.

What is the other title for the island of Saint Kitts ?
Saint Kitts and Nevis was among the first of the islands in the Caribbean which were settled by the Europeans. The first French and English colonies in Caribbean were established in Saint and has also been titled as the "The Mother Colony of the West Indies".

What is the area and population of Saint Kitts and Nevis ?
The total area of Saint Kitts and Nevis is just 104 square miles and as per the 2014 estimate 51,538 people reside in Saint Kitts and Nevis.

What is the national bird of Saint Kitts and Nevis ?
The national bird of Saint Kitts and Nevis is the Brown Pelican.

What is the highest point of Saint Kitts and Nevis ?
Mount Liamuiga is the highest peak of the nation with a height of 1,156 meters and is situated in Saint Kitts.

Which currency is used in Saint Kitts and Nevis ?
The official currency of Saint Kitts and Nevis is East Caribbean Dollar.

How are the music festivals of Saint Kitts and Nevis ?
Saint Kitts and Nevis is noted for hosting several musical celebrations which includes the Carnival which is held from 18 December to 3 January, on the island of St. Kitts. In the last week of June, an annual festival called “St Kitts Music Festival” is held, whereas a weeklong festival called “Culturama” is held on the island of Nevis beginning end of July and ending in early August.

Other festivals on Saint Kitts are Inner City Fest, Green Valley Festival, Easterama, and La festival de Capisterre. The celebrations during these festivals essentially include street dances, parades, salsa, soca, jazz, steelpan, and calypso music.

What is the official language of Saint Kitts and Nevis ?
Official language of the sovereign state of St. Kitts and Nevis is English.

What is the political structure prevailing in Saint Kitts and Nevis ?
Saint Kitts and Nevis is a democratic, sovereign, and federal state. The head of the state is Elizabeth II, The Queen of Saint Christopher and Nevis. A Governor-General, who acts on the advice of the prime minister and the cabinet, represents the Queen in the country. The prime minister of the country is the majority party’s leader. The affairs of the state are conducted by the cabinet. Unofficially, it can also be described as "Commonwealth realm" since it is a constitutional monarchy sharing the same monarch as few other associates of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Who are the Governor-General and Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis ?
Edmund Lawrence is the Governor-General, whereas Denzil Douglas is the Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

What is the concept of economic citizenship by investment ?
St. Kitts allows citizens of other countries obtain the status of the citizen of St. Kitts by the means of an investment program known as Citizenship-by-Investment which is government sponsored. Established in the year 1984, this St. Kitts’ citizenship program is the earliest of its kind economic citizenship program in the world.

What is the economy of Saint Kitts and Nevis like ?
The economy of Saint Kitts and Nevis is mostly driven by agriculture, light manufacturing, and tourism industries. The sectors of tourism, export-oriented manufacturing, agriculture, and offshore-banking sectors are in the developing state and now take larger roles in the nation's economy. The major earner of foreign exchange for the economy is the growth of tourism. The nation has also successfully developed an apparel assembly industry along with one of the biggest electronics’ assembly industries in the region of Caribbean.

Last Updated : October 01, 2014

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