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NOUN (2)

1. a country on the island of Saint Lucia; gained independence from Great Britain in 1979;
[syn: Saint Lucia, St. Lucia]

2. a volcanic island in the Windward Isles to the south of Martinique;
[syn: Saint Lucia, St. Lucia]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

Saint Lucia n 1: a country on the island of Saint Lucia; gained independence from Great Britain in 1979 [syn: Saint Lucia, St. Lucia] 2: a volcanic island in the Windward Isles to the south of Martinique [syn: Saint Lucia, St. Lucia]
CIA World Factbook 2002:

Saint Lucia Introduction Saint Lucia ------------------------ Background: 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. Self-government was granted in 1967 and independence in 1979. Geography Saint Lucia --------------------- Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago Geographic coordinates: 13 53 N, 60 68 W Map references: Central America and the Caribbean Area: total: 616 sq km water: 10 sq km land: 606 sq km Area - comparative: 3.5 times the size of Washington, DC Land boundaries: 0 km Coastline: 158 km Maritime claims: contiguous zone: 24 NM territorial sea: 12 NM exclusive economic zone: 200 NM continental shelf: 200 NM or to the edge of the continental margin Climate: tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season from January to April, rainy season from May to August Terrain: volcanic and mountainous with some broad, fertile valleys Elevation extremes: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m highest point: Mount Gimie 950 m Natural resources: forests, sandy beaches, minerals (pumice), mineral springs, geothermal potential Land use: arable land: 4.92% permanent crops: 22.95% other: 72.13% (1998 est.) Irrigated land: 30 sq km (1998 est.) Natural hazards: hurricanes and volcanic activity Environment - current issues: deforestation; soil erosion, particularly in the northern region Environment - international party to: Biodiversity, Climate agreements: Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Whaling signed, but not ratified: Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol Geography - note: the twin Pitons (Gros Piton and Petit Piton), striking cone-shaped peaks south of Soufriere, are one of the scenic natural highlights of the Caribbean People Saint Lucia ------------------ Population: 160,145 (July 2002 est.) Age structure: 0-14 years: 31.6% (male 25,879; female 24,695) 15-64 years: 63.1% (male 49,667; female 51,482) 65 years and over: 5.3% (male 3,134; female 5,288) (2002 est.) Population growth rate: 1.24% (2002 est.) Birth rate: 21.37 births/1,000 population (2002 est.) Death rate: 5.3 deaths/1,000 population (2002 est.) Net migration rate: -3.64 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2002 est.) Sex ratio: at birth: 1.07 male(s)/female under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female 15-64 years: 0.96 male(s)/female 65 years and over: 0.59 male(s)/ female total population: 0.97 male(s)/ female (2002 est.) Infant mortality rate: 14.8 deaths/1,000 live births (2002 est.) Life expectancy at birth: total population: 72.82 years female: 76.64 years (2002 est.) male: 69.26 years Total fertility rate: 2.34 children born/woman (2002 est.) HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: NA% HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/ NA AIDS: HIV/AIDS - deaths: NA Nationality: noun: Saint Lucian(s) adjective: Saint Lucian Ethnic groups: black 90%, mixed 6%, East Indian 3%, white 1% Religions: Roman Catholic 90%, Protestant 7%, Anglican 3% Languages: English (official), French patois Literacy: definition: age 15 and over has ever attended school total population: 67% male: 65% female: 69% (1980 est.) Government Saint Lucia ---------------------- Country name: conventional long form: none conventional short form: Saint Lucia Government type: Westminster-style parliamentary democracy Capital: Castries Administrative divisions: 11 quarters; Anse-la-Raye, Castries, Choiseul, Dauphin, Dennery, Gros- Islet, Laborie, Micoud, Praslin, Soufriere, Vieux-Fort Independence: 22 February 1979 (from UK) National holiday: Independence Day, 22 February (1979) Constitution: 22 February 1979 Legal system: based on English common law Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal Executive branch: chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor General Dr. Perlette LOUISY (since September 1997) elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; the governor general is appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or leader of a majority coalition is usually appointed prime minister by the governor general cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister head of government: Prime Minister Kenneth ANTHONY (since 24 May 1997) and Deputy Prime Minister Mario MICHEL (since 24 May 1997) Legislative branch: bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (11 seats; six members appointed on the advice of the prime minister, three on the advice of the leader of the opposition, and two after consultation with religious, economic, and social groups) and the House of Assembly (17 seats; members are elected by popular vote from single-member constituencies to serve five-year terms) election results: House of Assembly - percent of vote by party - SLP 55%, UWP 37%, NA 3.5%; seats by party - SLP 14, UWP 3 elections: House of Assembly - last held 3 December 2001 (next to be held NA December 2006) Judicial branch: Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (jurisdiction extends to Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) Political parties and leaders: National Alliance or NA [George ODLUM]; Saint Lucia Freedom Party or SFP [Martinus FRANCOIS]; Saint Lucia Labor Party or SLP [Kenneth ANTHONY]; Sou Tout Apwe Fete Fini or STAFF [Christopher HUNTE]; United Workers Party or UWP [Dr. Morella JOSEPH] Political pressure groups and NA leaders: International organization ACCT, ACP, C, Caricom, CDB, ECLAC, participation: FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, ISO (correspondent), ITU, NAM, OAS, OECS, OPANAL, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTrO Diplomatic representation in the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Sonia Merlyn JOHNNY chancery: 3216 New Mexico Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016 telephone: [1] (202) 364-6792 through 6795 FAX: [1] (202) 364-6728 consulate(s) general: Miami and New York Diplomatic representation from the the US does not have an embassy in US: Saint Lucia; the US Ambassador in Barbados is accredited to Saint Lucia Flag description: blue, with a gold isosceles triangle below a black arrowhead; the upper edges of the arrowhead have a white border Economy Saint Lucia ------------------- Economy - overview: The recent changes in the EU import preference regime and the increased competition from Latin American bananas have made economic diversification increasingly important in Saint Lucia. The island nation has been able to attract foreign business and investment, especially in its offshore banking and tourism industries. The manufacturing sector is the most diverse in the Eastern Caribbean area, and the government is trying to revitalize the banana industry. Despite negative growth in 2001, economic fundamentals remain solid, and GDP growth should recover in 2002. GDP: purchasing power parity - $700 million (2000 est.) GDP - real growth rate: -2.5% (2001 est.) GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $4,400 (2001 est.) GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 7.9% industry: 19.6% services: 72.5% (2000 est.) Population below poverty line: NA% Household income or consumption by lowest 10%: NA% percentage share: highest 10%: NA% Inflation rate (consumer prices): 3% (2001 est.) Labor force: 43,800 Labor force - by occupation: agriculture 43.4%, services 38.9%, industry and commerce 17.7% (1983 est.) Unemployment rate: 15% (1996 est.) Budget: revenues: $141.2 million expenditures: $146.7 million, including capital expenditures of $25.1 million (FY97/98 est.) Industries: clothing, assembly of electronic components, beverages, corrugated cardboard boxes, tourism, lime processing, coconut processing Industrial production growth rate: -8.9% (1997 est.) Electricity - production: 115 million kWh (2000) Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 100% hydro: 0% other: 0% (2000) nuclear: 0% Electricity - consumption: 106.95 million kWh (2000) Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2000) Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2000) Agriculture - products: bananas, coconuts, vegetables, citrus, root crops, cocoa Exports: $68.3 million (2000 est.) Exports - commodities: bananas 41%, clothing, cocoa, vegetables, fruits, coconut oil Exports - partners: UK 50%, US 24%, Caricom countries 16% (1995) Imports: $319.4 million (2000 est.) Imports - commodities: food 23%, manufactured goods 21%, machinery and transportation equipment 19%, chemicals, fuels Imports - partners: US 36%, Caricom countries 22%, UK 11%, Japan 5%, Canada 4% (1995) Debt - external: $214 million (2000) Economic aid - recipient: $51.8 million (1995) Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD) Currency code: XCD Exchange rates: East Caribbean dollars per US dollar - 2.7000 (fixed rate since 1976) Fiscal year: 1 April - 31 March Communications Saint Lucia -------------------------- Telephones - main lines in use: 37,000 (1997) Telephones - mobile cellular: 1,600 (1997) Telephone system: general assessment: adequate system domestic: system is automatically switched international: direct microwave radio relay link with Martinique and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; tropospheric scatter to Barbados; international calls beyond these countries are carried by Intelsat from Martinique Radio broadcast stations: AM 2, FM 7 (plus 3 repeaters), shortwave 0 (1998) Radios: 111,000 (1997) Television broadcast stations: 3 (of which two are commercial stations and one is a community antenna television or CATV channel) (1997) Televisions: 32,000 (1997) Internet country code: .lc Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 15 (2000) Internet users: 5,000 (2000) Transportation Saint Lucia -------------------------- Railways: 0 km Highways: total: 1,210 km paved: 63 km unpaved: 1,147 km (1996) Waterways: none Ports and harbors: Castries, Vieux Fort Merchant marine: none (2002 est.) Airports: 2 (2001) Airports - with paved runways: total: 2 2,438 to 3,047 m: 1 1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (2001) Military Saint Lucia -------------------- Military branches: Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (includes Special Service Unit and Coast Guard) Military expenditures - dollar figure: $NA Military expenditures - percent of $NA GDP: Transnational Issues Saint Lucia -------------------------------- Disputes - international: none Illicit drugs: transit point for South American drugs destined for the US and Europe