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: 182,950 (2014E—UN); 163,362 (2014E—U.S. Census).
Major Urban Center (2005E): CASTRIES (14,600).
Official Language: English.
Monetary Unit: East Caribbean Dollar (official rate October 1, 2014: 2.70 dollars = $1US).
Sovereign: Queen ELIZABETH II.
Governor General: Dame Pearlette LOUISY; sworn in September 17, 1997, succeeding Sir W. George MALLET.
Prime Minister: Kenny ANTHONY (St. Lucia Labour Party); sworn in on December 6, 2011, succeeding Stevenson KING (United Workers’ Party) following the election of November 28.
The second largest of the former West Indies Associated States, St. Lucia lies between Martinique and St. Vincent in the Windward Islands chain of the eastern Caribbean. As in the ...