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: 180,000 (2018E—World Bank); 165,510 (2018E—U.S. Census).
Major Urban Center (2014E—UN): CASTRIES (22,000).
Official Language: English.
Monetary Unit: East Caribbean Dollar (official rate August 1, 2018: 2.70 dollars = $1US).
Sovereign: Queen ELIZABETH II.
Governor General: Sir Emmanuel Neville CENAC (United Workers’ Party); appointed January 2018, succeeding Dame Pearlette LOUISY.
Prime Minister: Allen CHASTANET (St. Lucia Labour Party); sworn in on June 2016, 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 ...