map of Saint Lucia SAINT LUCIA

general data of the country


 
General useful information
 
Note: some data are of constant value, while other are due to changes, fluctuations etc.
 
Nation and population
official name (short form): Saint Lucia
country code ISO: LC //; - FIPS: ST
location: Central America, West Indies, Caribbean, Lesser Antilles
time zone: -4 UT
surface (land) area: 617 sq.km = 238 sq.mi //; - area incl. inland waters: sq.km = sq.mi
geographical position in extreme co-ordinates: North/South: 14° N / East/West: 61° W
borders (land): none
borders (coastline): Caribbean Sea
climate: tropical Caribbean
Government
independent since: 1979-02-22
type of government: federative republic within the United Kingdom
capital: Castries
administrative division: district (10)
Population
population according to the latest census (1991): 133,308, or: 135,685
total population according to the estimate of midyear 2000: 156,260 /-; 2001: 158,178
population density: 253 per sq.km = 656 per sq.mi
population growth: 2% //; - doubling time: 41 years
birth rate: 22 - 25 per 1000
death rate: 5 - 6 per 1000
fertility rate: 3 children per female
maternal mortality: per 100,000
infant mortality (1-4 years): 18 per 1000
life expectancy: 73 years (male: 69; female: 76)
age breakdown: 0-14 years: 36% //; - 15-59 years: 55% //; - 60+ years: 9%
urbanisation: 38 - 48% //; - urbanisation growth: %
percentage of urban population in the greatest city: %
Ethnic composition, language, religion
ethnic groups: black 90,5%; mixed 5,5%; East Indian 3,2%; white 0,8%
languages: English (official); French patois
religious affiliation: Roman Catholic 79%; Protestant 15,5% (Seventh-day Adventists, Pentecostal)
Health
daily food intake: calories per capita
population with access to safe water: 100%
people per physician: 2235
people per hospital bed:
Education, literacy
school enrolment: primary education 6-11 years: 82%
school enrolment: secondary education: 7%
school enrolment: tertiary education 20-24 years: 1%
adult literacy: 80% (male: %; female: %)
 
Economy and infrastructure
 
Economy and trade
currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar = 100 cents
annual inflation rate: 3%
population below poverty line: %
Gross Domestic Product: USD 3450 per capita
GNI USD 4120 per capita //; - [ppp: 5400]
GDP growth: 1%
income: USD 2500 per capita
import: USD 300 per capita //; - export: USD 120 per capita
trade: USD 2267 per capita //; - or 61% of GDP
trade partners: GB US TT JP
human development index: 0,749 //; - position of the country in the world no.: ca 70
female labour force: 40%
unemployment: 15,5%
tourism: 0,26 million
Economic activities in agriculture, fisheries, industry, mining, services, energy
land use: arable land: 30% //; - grass land: 5% //; - wooded area: 13% //; - arid land and desert: %
agriculture: labour force: 26% //; - part of agriculture in GDP: 16%
agricultural products: bananas, copra, breadfruit, mangoes, cocoa, pepper, plantains, pineapples, coconuts, vegetables, citrus, root crops
livestock (1000's): asses 1 / cattle: 12,4 / goats: 9,8 / horses 1 / pigs: 14,7 / poultry: 210 / sheep: 12,5
fish catch: metric tonnes
industry: labour force: 9% //; - part of industry in GDP: 22%
industrial products: food & beverages, paper & cardboard products, garments, clothing
mining products: of no importance
CO2 emission per capita: 1,3
services: labour force: 60% //; - part of services in GDP: 62%
energy use (kg per capita): 338
electricity use (per capita):
annual water use (per capita):
Traffic, communication
road network: 970 km //; - of which paved: 56% //; - of which are motorways: 0 km
vehicles: 43 per 1000
railways: 0 km //; - railways passenger/km: -
navigable inland waterways: 0 km
ownership telephone: 121 - 266 per 1000
ownership radio receivers: 575 - 746 per 1000
ownership tv-sets: 18 - 211 per 1000
newspaper circulation: per 1000
persons per post office:
personal computers: 141 per 1000
 
Some physical landmarks
 
mountains: Mount Gimie 951 m, Gros Piton 798, Petit Piton 743, La Sorcière 677
lowest point: sea level
lakes (natural): none, or unknown
lakes (artificial reservoirs): none, or unknown
lakes (deepest): unknown
rivers: a few small rivers only to drain the mountain slopes: like Cul de Sac, Roseau, Canelles
canals: none, or unknown
waterfalls: none, or unknown
caves: longest system: none, or unknown / deepest:
islands: see the separate file of the administrative division
deserts: none
other natural features:
 
Additional remarks, especially on the statistical information
 
other important features:
apart from physical landmarks most of the above figures are changeable, in most cases they date from the 1990's
 
primary sources used for the general information:
BB CA EV PW WA WB WR, and some national statistical yearbooks
particulars concerning population data:
 

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