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St. Kitts & Nevis
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Also known as:
Mother Colony of the West Indies (Source: Countries of the world, Internet ed.)
 
Motto:
Country above Self
 
Location:
St. Kitts and Nevis is a part of the Leeward Islands group lying about 427.5 km (225 miles) south-east of Puerto Rico and to the north of the Windward group of islands.
 
History:
Originally settled by Caribs, and by the British in 1623 who fought with the French for possession. The island was finally ceded to Britain in 1783 and gained independence in 1983.
 
Elections:
Last elections held 2004. Next elections due 2009
 
Ruling Party:
St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party
 
Major Political Parties:
St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party (SKLP), People's Action Movement (PAM), Nevis Reformation Party (NFP), Nevis Concerned Citizens Movement (NCCM).
 
Head of State:
H.E. Sir Cuthbert Montraville Sebastian, Governor General
 
Head of Government: (Antigua)
Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas
Prime Minister
 
Date Of Birth  : 14 January, 1953 
 
Maritial Status : Single
 
Education:
Bachelor of Medicine, UWI
Bachelor of Surgery Degrees, UWI.


Professional/Political Career
:
National Leader, St. Kitts Labour Party
President, St. Kitts and Nevis Medical Association.
Student Representative. Faculty of Medicine Board, UWI.
Secretary, St. Kitts Amateur Football Association.
Secretary, St. Kitts Amateur Football Association.
Public Relations Officer, St. Paul's Community Council. Secretary, St. Kitts Amateur Football Association.
Secretary, St. Kitts Amateur Football Association.
October 1990: Member of delegation of National Democratic Institute and Council of Freely-elected Heads of Government which visited Haiti to demonstrate international support for Haiti's democratic transition in voter registration. December 1990: Member of delegation of Council of Freely-elected Heads of Government led by President Jimmy Carter of the Carter Centre, International Observer to the General Elections in Haiti.
1995: Prime Minister
2000: Re-elected Prime Minister
2004: Re-elected Prime Minister

 

Economic Summary:

Tourism and a growing offshore financial industry are becoming increasingly important in the economy of St. Kitts and Nevis. The centuries-old sugar industry, once the mainstay of the economy, has been phased out. There is also economic development in the manufacturing sector, the main areas include food processing and production of beverages, and electronic components.
 
Airport:
Robert Llewlyn Bradshaw International (St. Kitts)
Vance Amory International (Nevis)

 

Status:
Independent - 19 September 1983
 
Capital:
Basseterre 
 
Area:
269 sq km (104 miles2)
 
Population:
47,318 (2003)
 
Currency
Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$)
 
GDP Per Capita:
EC$20,214.2 (2001)
 
Total Exports:
EC$131.3 million (2003)
 
Total Imports:
EC$553.4 million(2003)
 
Intra-Regional Exports:
EC$2.2 million (2003)
 
Intra-Regional Imports:
EC$102.5 million (2003)
 
Business Hours:
Commercial: 8:00-12:00; 13:00-16:00/16:30 hrs Monday to Friday Government: 8:00-12:00;
13:00-16:00/16:30 hrs Monday to Friday
 
National Holidays:
Independence Day (01 January); Founding Fathers Day (02 January); Agriculture and Labour Day (01 May); Flag and University Day (18 May); Commemoration of the Battle of Vertieres Day (18 November); Christmas Day (25 December), Boxing Day (26 December)

 

Date of CARICOM Membership:
26 July 1974
 
 
National Anthem:
O Land of Beauty!

Our country where peace abounds,
Thy children stand free
On the strength of will and love.
With God in all our struggles,
St. Kitts and Nevis be
A nation bound together,
With a common destiny.
As stalwarts we stand
For justice and liberty.
With wisdom and truth
We will serve and honour thee.
No sword nor spear can conquer
For God will surely defend.
His blessings shall forever
To posterity extend.
 
Highest National Award:
Order of the National Hero
 
Favourite dish:
Goat Water (Stew)
 
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