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); 165,100 (2007E).
Major Urban Center (2005E): CASTRIES (14,600).
Official Language: English.
Monetary Unit: East Caribbean Dollar (official rate November 1, 2008: 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: Stevenson KING (United Workers' Party); named acting prime minister on May 1, 2007, following the incapacitation of Sir John George Melvin COMPTON; inaugurated as prime minister on September 9 after Compton's death on September 7.[Page 1132]
The second largest of the former West Indies Associated States, St. Lucia lies between Martinique and St. Vincent in ...