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Resources about Saint Lucia including maps, facts about the land,
people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.
Economy of Saint Lucia
GDP (2008): $987 million.
GDP growth rate (2008): 0.7%.
GDP growth rate (1998-2008): 2.0%
Per capita GDP (2008): $5,806.
Inflation of consumer prices (2008): 7.2%.
Natural resources: Forests, minerals (pumice), mineral
Agriculture: Bananas, cocoa, coconut, citrus fruits, and
Manufacturing: Garments, electronic components, beverages,
Services: Tourism and offshore banking.
Trade (2005): Exports--$64 million (merchandise) and $389
million (commercial services). Major markets--European Union
(28.2%), Trinidad and Tobago (22.5%), United States (14.0%),
Barbados (10.1%), and Grenada (5.2%). Imports--$475 million
(merchandise) and $159 million (commercial services). Major
suppliers--United States (43.9%), Trinidad and Tobago (14.2%),
European Union (14.2%), Japan (4.6%), and Barbados (3.0%).
Official exchange rate: EC$2.70 = U.S. $1.
Geography of Saint Lucia
Area: 619 sq. km. (238 sq. mi.).
Cities: Capital--Castries (pop. est. 67,000); Micoud; Gros-
Islet; Vieux Fort; Soufriere.
Government of Saint Lucia
Type: Westminster-style parliamentary democracy.
Independence: February 22, 1979.
Branches: Executive--governor general (representing Queen
Elizabeth II, head of state), prime minister (head of
government), cabinet. Legislative--bicameral parliament.
Judicial--district courts, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
(High Court and Court of Appeals), final appeal to Privy
Council in London.
Administrative subdivisions: 11 parishes.
Political parties: United Workers Party (incumbent); St. Lucia
Suffrage: Universal at 18.
Map of Saint Lucia
This Map of Saint Lucia shows the borders of the country, as
well as rivers, and cities including Castries the capital of
Saint Lucia. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)
Official Name of Saint Lucia
The Official Name of Saint Lucia is Saint Lucia. (Facts from
the U.S. State Department)
People of Saint Lucia
Nationality: Noun and adjective--St. Lucian(s).
Population (2008): 170,000.
Annual growth rate (2006): 0.74%.
Ethnic groups: African descent 90%, mixed 6%, East Indian 3%,
Religions: Roman Catholic, Seventh Day Adventist, various
Languages: English (official); a French patois is common
throughout the country.
Education (2004): Adult literacy--94.8%.
Health (2006): Infant mortality rate--12/1,000. Life
expectancy--men 73 years; women 76 years.
Unemployment (2006): 15.7%.
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