Political Status: Former British dependency; joined West Indies Associated States in 1967; independent member of the Commonwealth since February 22, 1979.
Area: 238 sq. mi. (616 sq. km.).
Population: 158,147 (2001C); 165,000 (2006E).
Major Urban Center (2005E): CASTRIES (14,600).
Official Language: English.
Monetary Unit: East Caribbean Dollar (official rate November 2, 2007: 2.70 dollars = $1US).
Sovereign: Queen ELIZABETH II.
Governor General: Dame Perlette LOUISY; sworn in September 17, 1997, succeeding Sir W. George MALLET.
Prime Minister: Sir John George Melvin COMPTON (United Workers' Party); served as prime minister 1964–1996; returned to office on December 15, 2006, following legislative election of December 11, succeeding Dr. Kenny Davis ANTHONY (St. Lucia Labour Party).[Page 1114]
The second largest of the former West Indies Associated States, St. Lucia lies between Martinique and St. Vincent in ...