Looking to boost your knowledge of the big wide world? Why not start with these 14 interesting facts about St Kitts and Nevis!
Located in the Leeward Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis is a federal two-island country in the West Indies.
With a small population of 54,191 in 2013 and a total area of 100.8 square miles (261 kilometres square), St. Kitts and Nevis is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas.
The two islands are also known as ‘Saint Christopher’.
Flag of St Kitts and Nevis
In 1493 Christopher Columbus discovered St. Kitts and Nevis; the islands were to be first of the British West Indies to be settled by Europeans in 1623.
Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the state.
The currency here is called the East Caribbean dollar.
With its lovely sunny, tropical climate, glorious sea and golden beaches, St. Kitts and Nevis is a popular holiday spot, despite being prone to hurricanes. Who cares about possible hurricanes when there’s sun to bask in?!
As well as lovely beaches, the islands have forested volcanic mountain slopes with lots of streams.
The capital of Kitts and Nevis is Basseterre – pronounced ‘bass-tear’.
St. Kitts, Caribbean
The life expectancy here is 68 years for men and 71 years for women.
St. Kitts and Nevis exports sugar, beer, lobster, margarine, tobacco and electronics – if only they’d export the sunny weather…
The agricultural industry here centres on dairy, beef, mutton, pork, poultry, rum distilling (yum!) and the preservation and processing of fruit and vegetables – fishing is also a big industry, thanks to investment in larger boats and modern equipment.
The economy in St Kitts and Nevis is largely based upon sugar cultivation and tourism.
Kitts and Nevis’ international dialling code is +1869.
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