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Destination Saint Kitts and Nevis, officially: the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, two tropical islands in the Caribbean Sea and part of the Leeward Islands, are situated about 400 km east of Puerto Rico. Formerly they belonged to a British colony in the West Indies from 1882 to 1983, known as Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla.
Location map of Saint Kitts and Nevis
The newest nations in the Western Hemisphere shares maritime borders with Antigua and Barbuda, Netherlands (Sint Maarten), Venezuela, Montserrat (United Kingdom), and Saint Barthélemy (France).
The islands have a combined land area of 261 km², making it the smallest sovereign country in the Americas.
The twin-islands are of volcanic origin, high central peaks covered with tropical rainforest dominate the landscape.
Highest peak is Mount Liamuiga on St. Kitts at 1,156 m.
Saint Kitts and Nevis has a population of 52,000 inhabitants. Capital city is Basseterre, founded in 1627 (not to be confused with Basse-Terre, the administrative capital of Guadeloupe). Spoken languages are English (official) and Creole.
Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis
First settled by the British in 1623. In 1816 St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, and the Virgin Islands formed a single British colony. The islands became an associated state with full internal autonomy in 1967.
The island of Anguilla rebelled and was allowed to secede in 1971. Saint Kitts and Nevis achieved independence in 1983. In 1998, a vote in Nevis on a referendum to separate from Saint Kitts fell short of the two-thirds majority needed.
St. Kitts' economy is based largely on sugar cultivation and tourism, additionally St. Kitts and Nevis has the largest electronics assembly industry in the Eastern Caribbean.
related countries: Puerto Rico, United Kingdom
Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis
conventional short form: Saint Kitts and Nevis
former: Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis.
ISO Country Code: kn
Actual Time: Thu-Jan-18 03:28
Local Time = UTC -4h
Country Calling Code: +1 869
Capital City: Basseterre (Saint Kitts), Charlestown (Nevis)
Constitutional monarchy with Westminster-style parliament.
Head of State: Queen Elizabeth II
Independence: 19 September 1983 (from UK)
Location: Caribbean, islands in the Caribbean Sea, about one-third of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago.
Area: total: 261 km² (Saint Kitts 168 km²; Nevis 93 km²). Terrain: Mountainious of volcanic origin, sheltered beaches.
Climate: Tropical tempered by constant sea breezes; little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season (May to November).
Nationality: noun: Kittitian(s), Nevisian(s)
adjective: Kittitian, Nevisian
Population: 52,000 (2011)
Ethnic groups: predominantly black; some British, Portuguese, and Lebanese.
Religions: Anglican, other Protestant, Roman Catholic.
Natural resources: arable land, sugar, cotton, salt, copra.
Agriculture products: Sugarcane, rice, yams, vegetables, bananas; fish.
Industries: Sugar processing, tourism, cotton, salt, copra, clothing, footwear, beverages.
Exports - commodities: machinery, food, electronics, beverages, tobacco
Exports partners:US 44.4%, Poland 14.6%, Bangladesh 10.1%, Azerbaijan 4.3% (2015)
Imports - commodities: machinery, manufactures, food, fuels
Imports partners: US 37.7%, Trinidad and Tobago 22.7%, Barbados 4.4% (2015)
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
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Official Sites of Saint Kitts and NevisSaint Kitts and Nevis is a sovereign, federal state and a constitutional monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state. The Governor-General is the representative of the monarch of Saint Kitts and Nevis (Queen Elizabeth II). The island nation's unicameral legislature (parliament) is known as the National Assembly.
Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis
Government's official Web Site.
St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service
Official site about Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Saint Kitts and Nevis
Official website of the ministry.
Nevis Island Administration
Official website of the Nevis Island Administration.
Embassy & Permanent Mission of Saint Kitts And Nevis
Permanent Mission of Saint Kitts and Nevis to the United Nations
Embassies of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis
Addresslist of Embassies of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis abroad.
Foreign Embassies in St. Kitts and Nevis
Addresslist of Foreign Embassies in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Saint Kitts and Nevis map
Shaded relief map of Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Google Earth St. Kitts and Nevis
Searchable map and satellite view of Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Google Earth Basseterre
Searchable map and satellite view of Saint Kitts and Nevis' capital.
Map of Central America and the Caribbean
Reference Map of Central America and the Caribbean.
Image: Roger W from Sarasota
Saint Kitts and Nevis News
St Kitts & Nevis Observer
News from the islands.
Saint Kitts daily news online.
Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC)
News from the West Indies.
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Arts & Culture
Masquerade, Bull, Clowns, Mocko Jumbies.
St. Kitts Music Festival
Calypso, Jazz, R&B and Reggae.
Business & Economy
Saint Kitts and Nevis' economy is mainly based on tourism. Since the 1970s, offshore banking and tourism have replaced sugar as the propellant for its economy. In 2005 the government closed the sugar industry after several decades of losses.
Nevis Financial Services Regulatory Commission
The Financial Services Regulatory Commission was established to regulate providers of financial services except for financial services covered by the Banking Act.
© Nevis Tourism Authority
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Destination Saint Kitts and Nevis - Travel and Tour Guides
The Official Site of the Nevis Tourism Authority.
St. Kitts Tourism Authority
Island Guide and official website of the St.Kitts Tourism Authority.
Nevis, West Indies
The Original "Non-Tourist-Trap" Guide To Nevis, West Indies.
Saint Kitts and Nevis
A Saint Kitts and Nevis travel guide.
St. Kitts Island Guide
St. Kitts real estate and island guide.
EducationMedical University Of The Americas - Nevis
University of the West Indies
The University serves 15 different countries in the West Indies.
Environment & NatureNevis Historical & Conservation Society
NHCS was established in 1980 to conserve the natural, cultural and historic fabric of the Island of Nevis and her surrounding sea for all its people.
A brief look at the history of Nevis.
Nevis Historical and Conservation Society
Established in 1980 to conserve the natural, cultural and historic fabric of the Island of Nevis and her surrounding sea for all its people.
Discover Saint Kitts - Island history
Brief history of Liamuiga (Saint Kitts)
Saint Kitts and Nevis History & Culture
The history of the islands of St. Christopher and Nieves.
Additional Information on Saint Kitts and Nevis
BBC News Country Profile: Saint Kitts and Nevis
Open Directory Project: Saint Kitts and Nevis
Wikipedia: Saint Kitts and Nevis
The World Factbook -- Saint Kitts and Nevis
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