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 for Saint Lucia
From 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]

From 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
    
                                         
  
  

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