Saint Kitts And Nevis
The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, located in the Leeward Islands, is a federal two-island state in the West Indies. It is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas, in both area and population.
Some curious facts about Saint Kitts and Nevis:
The currency of St. Kitts and Nevis is the East Caribbean dollar.
1 East Caribbean dollar is equal to 100 cents.
It covers an area of 269 square kilometers (104 square miles).
It was once known as the Gibraltar of the West Indies.
The full name of St Kitts and Nevis is Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis
The average life expectancy of its population is 68 years for men and 71 years for women.
97 percent of its people are literate.
Caribbean Sea at 0 meters is the lowest point in the region.
Mount Liamuiga, at 1,156 meters, is the highest point in the region.
Both the islands are volcanic with a warm, wet climate and sandy beaches.
The Narrows is about 3 kilometers, a wide channel that separates both the islands.
People on St Kitts are called Kittitians and on Nevis they are called Nevisians.
The country has a Parliamentary Democracy, and belongs to the Commonwealth.
The legal system is based on English common law; St Kitts and Nevis has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction.
St. Kitts And Nevis has only 2 airports.
Charlestown is the largest town in Nevis.
Basseterre is the only port and terminal in the country.
Various international financial agencies had blacklisted the country for improprieties in its off-shore financial-services industry, but it had been removed from all such lists by 2002.
The nation’s economy was devastated through the mid-1980’s because of a drop in world sugar prices.
In 1958 St. Kitts and Nevis joined the West Indies Federation and remained in that association until its dissolution in 1962.
GNI per capita is US $10,960 (World Bank, 2007).
When Christopher Columbus discovered the island, he named it after his patron saint, St. Christopher. Later it was shortened to St. Kitts, his nickname. It was considered the mother colony of the West Indies.
The country’s average annual rainfall is 45.8 inches.
The country’s dialing code is +869.
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