26 Gorgeous Facts About Grenada
Looking to boost your knowledge of the West Indies? Take a look at these 26 interesting facts about Grenada!
- Grenada is an archipelago of 1 large island and 6 smaller islands in the Caribbean.
- Its nearest neighbours are Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the north, Barbados to the northeast, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela to the south and Curacao to the west.
- The island was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1498 and originally named Concepcion.
- Fancy heading to this picturesque island? Head for the coordinates of 12.0500° N, 61.7500° W for your very own Grenadian adventure!
- The international dialling code for Grenada is +1473
- The terrain here is volcanic in origin, with beautiful mountains and waterfalls in the centre of the islands.
- The total land area of Grenada is 133 square miles (344 square kilometres)…
- …that’s around twice the size of Glasgow.
- Grenada’s population was 107,825 in 2017…
- …that’s around 1/6 of the population of Glasgow!
- Residents here are known as Grenadians.
- The capital is St George’s; it had a population of 38,000 in 2014.
- Grenadians enjoy a tropical climate with temperatures moderated by trade winds.
- Thanks to the luscious rainforests and beautiful estuaries, Grenada experiences a lot of eco-tourism.
- The official language of Grenada is English, although French Patois is also spoken.
- The island gained independence from Britain on the 7th February 1974.
- Grenada is sometimes referred to as the ‘Island of Spice’ thanks to the large amount of nutmeg and other spices it produces.
- East Caribbean Dollar is the official currency here.
- The national dish of Grenada is called ‘Oil down’; it’s a delicious stew of meat, vegetables and dumplings cooked off in coconut milk, herbs and spices!
- Apparently, wearing camouflage is illegal in Grenada as it’s what the army wears!
- Code-named Operation Urgent Fury and under the presidency of Ronald Reagan, the USA invaded Grenada In 1983 to secure the safety of American nationals from a pro-Marxist threat. The invasion overthrew the Grenadian government in just over a week.
- The average life span here is 73.66 years (2016).
- Bored of waiting at traffic lights? Well you’re in luck in Grenada, as there are only 3 traffic lights on the entire island!
- Grenada grows nutmeg, mace, cacao, bananas, and mango.
- Its industry consists of food, beverages, textiles, tourism and light assembly operations.
- The main exports include rum, bananas, nutmeg, cacao, fruits and vegetables.