- Located in the Leeward Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis is a federal two-island country in the West Indies.
- With a small population of 54,191 in 2013 and a total area of 100.8 square miles (261 kilometres square), St. Kitts and Nevis is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas.
- The two islands are also known as ‘Saint Christopher’.
- In 1493 Christopher Columbus discovered St. Kitts and Nevis; the islands were to be first of the British West Indies to be settled by Europeans in 1623.
- Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the state.
Flag of St Kitts and Nevis
- The currency here is called the East Caribbean dollar.
- With its lovely sunny, tropical climate, glorious sea and golden beaches, St. Kitts and Nevis is a popular holiday spot, despite being prone to hurricanes. Who cares about possible hurricanes when there’s sun to bask in?!
- As well as lovely beaches, the islands have forested volcanic mountain slopes with lots of streams.
- The capital of Kitts and Nevis is Basseterre – pronounced ‘bass-tear’.
- The life expectancy here is 68 years for men and 71 years for women.
- St. Kitts and Nevis exports sugar, beer, lobster, margarine, tobacco and electronics – if only they’d export the sunny weather…
- The agricultural industry here centres on dairy, beef, mutton, pork, poultry, rum distilling (yum!) and the preservation and processing of fruit and vegetables – fishing is also a big industry, thanks to investment in larger boats and modern equipment.
- The economy in St Kitts and Nevis is largely based upon sugar cultivation and tourism.
- Kitts and Nevis’ international dialling code is +1869.
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