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Monday, June 25, 2012

169th Country Visitor - Saint Kitts and Nevis.

The 169th country to visit my Blog comes from the Saint Kitts and Nevis, a country from the Caribbean..
Lets learn something about this country.

GEOGRAPHY:
St. Kitts, the larger of the two islands, is roughly oval in shape except for a long, narrow peninsula to the southeast. Its highest point is Mount Liamuiga (3,792 ft [1,156 m]). The Narrows, a 2-mile- (3-km-) wide channel, separates the two islands. The circularly shaped Nevis is surrounded by coral reefs and the island is almost entirely a single mountain, Nevis Peak (3,232 ft [985 m]). A volcanic mountain chain dominates the center of both islands.

HISTORY:
When Christopher Columbus explored the islands in 1493, they were inhabited by the Carib people. Today, most of the inhabitants are the descendants of African slaves. The British settled on St. Kitts—formerly St. Christopher—in 1623, and on Nevis in 1628. The French settled on St. Kitts in 1627, and an Anglo-French rivalry lasted for more than 100 years. After a decisive British victory over the French at Brimstone Hill in 1782, the islands came under permanent British control. The islands, along with nearby Anguilla, were united in 1882. They joined the West Indies Federation in 1958 and remained in that association until its dissolution in 1962. St. Kitts–Nevis-Anguilla became an associated state of the United Kingdom in 1967. Anguilla seceded in 1980, and St. Kitts and Nevis gained independence on Sept. 19, 1983.
A drop in world sugar prices hurt the nation's economy through the mid-1980s, and the government sought to reduce the islands' dependence on sugar production and to diversify the economy, promoting tourism and financial services. In 1990, the prime minister of Nevis announced that he intended to seek an end to the federation with St. Kitts by 1992, but a local election in June 1992 postponed the idea. In Aug. 1998, 62% of the population voted for Nevis to secede, but the vote fell short of the two-thirds majority required.

FACTS and FIGURES:
Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis
Sovereign: Queen Elizabeth II (1952)
Governor-General: Sir Cuthbert Sebastian (1996)
Prime Minister: Denzil Douglas (1995)
Total area: 101 sq mi (261 sq km). St. Kitts, 65 sq mi (168 sq km); Nevis, 36 sq mi (93 sq km)
Population (2010 est.): 49,898 (growth rate: 0.8%); birth rate: 14.2/1000; infant mortality rate: 9.9/1000; life expectancy: 74.4; density per sq mi: 283
Capital (2003 est): Basseterre (on St. Kitts), 11,500
Largest town on Nevis: Charlestown, 1,300
Monetary unit: East Caribbean dollar
Language: English
Ethnicity/race: predominantly black; some British, Portuguese, and Lebanese
Religions: Anglican, other Protestant, Roman Catholic
Literacy rate: 97.8% (2003 est.)
Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2009 est.): $753.1 million; per capita $15,200.  
Real growth rate: –2%.  
Inflation: 4.5%.  
Unemployment: 4.5% (1997).  
Arable land: 19%.  
Agriculture: sugarcane, rice, yams, vegetables, bananas; fish. 
Labor force: 18,170 (June 1995). 
Industries: sugar processing, tourism, cotton, salt, copra, clothing, footwear, beverages.  
Natural resources: arable land.  
Exports: $84 million (2006 est.): machinery, food, electronics, beverages, tobacco.  
Imports: $383 million (2006 est.): machinery, manufactures, food, fuels. 
Major trading partners: U.S., Canada, Portugal, UK, Ukraine, Trinidad and Tobago (2004).
Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 25,000 (2004); mobile cellular: 10,000 (2004).  
Radio broadcast stations: AM 3, FM 3, shortwave 0 (2003).  
Radios: 28,000 (1997).  
Television broadcast stations: 1 (plus 3 repeaters) (2003).  
Televisions: 10,000 (1997).  
Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 45 (2007). 
Internet userss: 10,000 (2002).
Transportation: Railways: total: 50 km (2002).  
Highways: total: 320 km; paved: 136 km; unpaved: 184 km (2006 est.). 
Ports and harbors: Basseterre, Charlestown.  
Airports: 2 (2007).

Photos:
cockelshell beach...
something special ..
 school kids..
 stamps..
festival mood.....
 beach babes..
 local girl...
Thank you for visiting my Blog...
Have a nice day... 

2 comments:

Verna said...

That's meee! My name is Verna Grante, Ms. Culture 2010-2011 in Nevis! thanks for using me on your page!

DESS said...

Thanks for your comment, Ms Verna Grante.
It was a pleasure to promote your country.
Do visit my site again...

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