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Saint Lucia Travelling Guide
Saint Lucia Travelling Guide

General background: The island, with its fine natural harbor at Castries, was contested between England and France throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries (changing possession 14 times); it was finally ceded to the UK in 1814. Self-government was granted in 1967 and independence in 1979.

Area comparative: 3.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Climate: Tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season from January to April, rainy season from May to August.

Terrain: Volcanic and mountainous with some broad, fertile valleys.

Population: 160,145 (July 2002 est.)

Ethnic groups: Black 90%, Mixed 6%, East Indian 3%, White 1%

Religions: Roman Catholic 90%, Protestant 7%, Anglican 3%

Language: English (official), French patois

Government type: Westminster-style parliamentary democracy

Capital: Castries

Legal system: Based on English common law.

Economic overview: The recent changes in the EU import preference regime and the increased competition from Latin American bananas have made economic diversification increasingly important in Saint Lucia. The island nation has been able to attract foreign business and investment, especially in its offshore banking and tourism industries. The manufacturing sector is the most diverse in the Eastern Caribbean area, and the government is trying to revitalize the banana industry. Despite negative growth in 2001, economic fundamentals remain solid, and GDP growth should recover in 2002.

Communication/Telephone system: Adequate system.

Places of interest: The most dramatic scenery is in the south, where the twin volcanic peaks of the Pitons rise sharply from the shoreline to form distinctive landmarks.

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