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Saint Vincent Grenadines

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Background: Resistance by native Caribs prevented colonization on Saint Vincent until 1719. Disputed between France and the United Kingdom for most of the 18th century, the island was ceded to the latter in 1783. Between 1960 and 1962, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was a separate administrative unit of the Federation of the West Indies. Autonomy was granted in 1969 and independence in 1979.
Location: Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago
Area land: 389 sq km
Area water: 0 sq km
Coastline: 84 km
Country name conventional long form: none
Country name conventional short form: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Country name former: none
Population: 103,869 (July 2011 est.)
Age structure: 0-14 years: 24.5% (male 12,842/female 12,638); 15-64 years: 67.4% (male 36,042/female 33,985); 65 years and over: 8.1% (male 3,807/female 4,555) (2011 est.);
Population growth rate: -0.327% (2011 est.)
Birth rate: 14.62 births/1,000 population (2011 est.)
Death rate: 6.98 deaths/1,000 population (July 2011 est.)
Net migration rate: -10.92 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2011 est.)
Sex ratio: at birth: 1.031 male(s)/female; under 15 years: 1.02 male(s)/female; 15-64 years: 1.06 male(s)/female; 65 years and over: 0.83 male(s)/female; total population: 1.03 male(s)/female (2011 est.);
Infant mortality rate: total: 14.27 deaths/1,000 live births; male: 15.54 deaths/1,000 live births; female: 12.97 deaths/1,000 live births (2011 est.);
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 74.15 years; male: 72.26 years; female: 76.09 years (2011 est.);
Total fertility rate: 1.92 children born/woman (2011 est.);
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: NA;
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS: NA;
HIV/AIDS - deaths: NA;
Nationality: noun: Saint Vincentian(s) or Vincentian(s); adjective: Saint Vincentian or Vincentian;
Ethnic groups: black 66%, mixed 19%, East Indian 6%, European 4%, Carib Amerindian 2%, other 3%;
Religions: Anglican 47%, Methodist 28%, Roman Catholic 13%, other (includes Hindu, Seventh-Day Adventist, other Protestant) 12%;
Languages: English, French patois;
Literacy: definition: age 15 and over has ever attended school; total population: 96%; male: 96%; female: 96% (1970 est.);
GDP (purchasing power parity): $1.107 billion (2010 est.); $1.102 billion (2009 est.); $1.112 billion (2008 est.);

note: data are in 2010 US dollars

GDP (official exchange rate): $583 million (2010 est.);
GDP - real growth rate: 0.5% (2010 est.); -1% (2009 est.); -0.6% (2008 est.);
GDP - per capita (PPP): $10,600 (2010 est.); $10,500 (2009 est.); $10,600 (2008 est.);
note: data are in 2010 US dollars

GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 10%; industry: 26%; services: 64% (2001 est.);
Population below poverty line: NA%;
Household income or consumption by percentage share: lowest 10%: NA%; highest 10%: NA%;
Labor force: 57,520 (2007 est.);
Labor force - by occupation: agriculture: 26%; industry: 17%; services: 57% (1980 est.);
Unemployment rate: 15% (2001 est.);
Budget: revenues: $192.2 million; expenditures: $218.1 million (2010 est.);
Industries: food processing, cement, furniture, clothing, starch;
Industrial production growth rate: 
Electricity - production: 133.8 million kWh (2007 est.);
Electricity - consumption: 124.4 million kWh (2007 est.);
Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2008 est.);
Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2008 est.);

Statistics: CIA World Factbook.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the News

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