St. Vincent and the grenadines

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    St. Vincent and the Grenadines (comprising some 32 islands and keys) is located in the Windward group of the eastern Caribbean, south of St. Lucia and west of Barbados. Its jurisdiction encompasses the northern Grenadine islets of Beguia, Canouan, Mayreau, Mustique, Prune Island, Petit St. Vincent, and Union Island, the southern portion of the Grenadines chain being part of Grenada. The population is mainly of African and mixed origin, with small numbers of Asians, Caribs, and Europeans. After the 2015 elections, women held 3 of 23 seats in the assembly (13 percent).

    The economy is based almost entirely on tourism (the leading earner of foreign exchange) and agriculture, with bananas, arrowroot, and coconuts being the principal export commodities. An extended series of volcanic eruptions in ...

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