World Atlas: Saint Lucia. On this page you can see the map, country flag and many detailed information about the people, history and economy of Saint Lucia.
Here you can find online selected information about the geography, inhabitants, government, economy and history of Saint Lucia. Included are selected statistics, an overview map and the detailed map of Saint Lucia. But let's start with the flag of Saint Lucia here:
Saint Lucia - Overview:
What you should know about Saint Lucia? Let's start with this: 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. Even after the abolition of slavery on its plantations in 1834, Saint Lucia remained an agricultural island, dedicated to producing tropical commodity crops. Self-government was granted in 1967 and independence in 1979.
Geography of Saint Lucia
Where on the globe is Saint Lucia? The location of this country is Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago. Total area of Saint Lucia is 616 sq km, of which 606 sq km is land. So this is quite a small country. How could we describe the terrain of the country? This way: volcanic and mountainous with broad, fertile valleys. The lowest point of Saint Lucia is Caribbean Sea 0 m, the highest point Mount Gimie 948 m. And the climate is tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season January to April, rainy season May to August.
Inhabitants of Saint Lucia
Let's take a look how many people live in Saint Lucia. The number is: 164,994 (July 2017 est.). So not so many people live here. Who lives here? black/African descent 85.3%, mixed 10.9%, East Indian 2.2%, other 1.6%, unspecified 0.1% (2010 est.). What are the languages in Saint Lucia? English (official), French patois. And the religions: Roman Catholic 61.5%, Protestant 25.5% (includes Seventh Day Adventist 10.4%, Pentecostal 8.9%, Baptist 2.2%, Anglican 1.6%, Church of God 1.5%, other Protestant 0.9%), other Christian 3.4% (includes Evangelical 2.3% and Jehovah's Witness 1.1%), Rastafarian 1.9%, other 0.4%, none 5.9%, unspecified 1.4% (2010 est.). How old are the people in average? 34.8 years. We have to add that this number is the median - so one half of the people is older than this, one half is younger. And what is their life expectancy (at birth)? This: 77.9 years. Where the people live in Saint Lucia? Here: most of the population is found on the periphery of the island, with a larger concentration in the north around the capital of Castries. The major urban areas of Saint Lucia are: Castries (capital) 22,000 (2014).
Government and Economy of Saint Lucia
The capital of Saint Lucia is Castries and the government type parliamentary democracy (Parliament) under a constitutional monarchy; a Commonwealth realm. Let's take a look at the administrative divisions - 10 districts; Anse-la-Raye, Canaries, Castries, Choiseul, Dennery, Gros-Islet, Laborie, Micoud, Soufriere, Vieux-Fort. Regarding the economy of Saint Lucia, important industrial products are tourism; clothing, assembly of electronic components, beverages, corrugated cardboard boxes, lime processing, coconut processing. Important agricultural products are bananas, coconuts, vegetables, citrus, root crops, cocoa. The most important export commodities are bananas 41%, clothing, cocoa, avocados, mangoes, coconut oil (2010 est.) and the most important export partners are US 48.8%, Trinidad and Tobago 14.1%, UK 11.2%, Maldives 4.7% (2016). The most important import commodities are food, manufactured goods, machinery and transportation equipment, chemicals, fuels and the most important import partners are US 39.8%, Trinidad and Tobago 18%, UK 6.7%, Japan 4% (2016). How rich is Saint Lucia and how rich are people in this country? The most important number here is GDP per capita (PPP): $13,500 (2017 est.). This is quite good. Let's add that this means Gross Domestic Product per person, which is recalculated with respect to the relative cost of local goods and services. And one more important number - population below poverty line: NA%.