St. Kitts and Nevis

Edited by: Tom Lansford

In: Political Handbook of the World 2015

St. Kitts and Nevis

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  • Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis
    Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis

    Note: Both versions of the name are official, although “Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis” is preferred.

    Political Status: Former British dependency; joined West Indies Associated States in 1967; independent member of the Commonwealth since September 19, 1983.

    Area: 101 sq. mi. (262 sq. km), encompassing Saint Christopher (65 sq. mi.) and Nevis (36 sq. mi.).

    Population: 53,000 (2011E—UN); 51,538 (2014E—U.S. Census).

    Major Urban Center (2011E): BASSETERRE (13,000).

    Official Language: English.

    Monetary Unit: East Caribbean Dollar (market rate October 1, 2014: 2.70 dollars = $1US).

    Sovereign: Queen ELIZABETH II.

    Governor General: Sir Edmund Wickham LAWRENCE; sworn in on January 2, 2013, succeeding Sir Cuthbert Montroville SEBASTIAN.

    Prime Minister: Dr. Denzil Llewellyn DOUGLAS (St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party); sworn in on July 7, 1995, succeeding Dr. ...

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