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Saint Lucia Facts and Figures

Saint Lucia was named by French sailors who were shipwrecked upon the island on St. Lucy's Day, December 13, 1502

map of Saint Lucialocation of Saint LuciaLocation West Indies

Area 238 sq mi (616 sq km)
Coastline
98 mi (158 km)
Highest Point Mount Gimie; 3,117 ft (950 m)
Lowest Point
sea level
Natural Resources
pumice, mineral springs, geothermal potential

Population (2014 est) 163,922
Nationality
Saint Lucian
Largest Cities
Castries
Ethnic Groups black (African descent), mixed
Languages
English (official), French Patois
Religions
Roman Catholic, Protestant

Capital Castries
Form of Government parliamentary democracy
Present Constitution Adopted
February 22, 1979
Chief of State
Queen Elizabeth II; represented by Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy (since September 1997)
Head of Government
Prime Minister Kenny Davis Anthony (since November 30, 2011)
Cabinet Cabinet appointed by the Governor General on advice from the Prime Minister
Legislature
bicameral Parliament
Judiciary
Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
Local Administration
10 districts

Unit of Currency East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
Per Capita Income
$11,600
Principal Industries
tourism; clothing, assembly of electronic components, beverages, corrugated cardboard boxes, lime processing, coconut processing
Agricultural Products
bananas, coconuts, vegetables, citrus, root crops, cocoa
Principal Exports
bananas 41%, clothing, cocoa, avocados, mangoes, coconut oil
Principal Imports
food, manufactured goods, machinery and transportation equipment, chemicals, fuels

Independence from the United Kingdom Achieved February 22, 1979
National Holiday Independence Day; February 22
Flag
the blue color represents the sky and sea, gold stands for sunshine and prosperity, and white and black the racial composition of the island (with the latter being dominant); the two major triangles invoke the twin Pitons (Gros Piton and Petit Piton), cone-shaped volcanic plugs that are a symbol of the island

flag of Saint Lucia


Queen Elizabeth II

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