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Grenada Travelling Guide
Grenada Travelling Guide

General background: One of the smallest independent countries in the western hemisphere, Grenada was seized by a Marxist military council on 19 October 1983. Six days later the island was invaded by US forces and those of six other Caribbean nations, which quickly captured the ringleaders and their hundreds of Cuban advisers. Free elections were re-instituted the following year.

Area comparative: Twice the size of Washington, DC

Climate: Tropical; tempered by northeast trade winds

Terrain: Volcanic in origin with central mountains

Population: 89,211 (July 2002 est.)

Ethnic groups: Black 82%, Mixed Black and European 13%, European and East Indian 5% , and trace of Arawak/Carib Amerindian

Religions: Roman Catholic 53%, Anglican 13.8%, other Protestant 33.2%

Language: English (official), French patois

Government type: Constitutional monarchy with Westminster-style parliament

Capital: Saint George's

Legal system: Based on English common law

Economic overview: Despite government steadying of annual economic growth in recent years through progress in fiscal reform and prudent macroeconomic management, a downturn in tourist arrivals in 2001 threatens government spending in 2002. Grenada relies on tourism as its main source of foreign exchange, although it also supports a small agriculture sector and a developing offshore financial industry. Short-term concerns include a rising fiscal deficit and the deterioration in the external account balance.

Communication/Telephone system: Automatic, islandwide telephone system

Places of interest: It has a rugged mountainous interior of rainforests and waterfalls and an indented coastline with protected bays and beaches. Its capital, St George's, has one of the prettiest harbor settings in the Caribbean.

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