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Careers, Jobs and Education Resources for: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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Resistance by native Caribs prevented colonization on St. Vincent until 1719. Disputed between France and the United Kingdom for most of the 18th century, the island was ceded to the latter in 1783. Between 1960 and 1962, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was a separate administrative unit of the Federation of the West Indies. Autonomy was granted in 1969 and independence in 1979. (from the CIA)


Economic Overview

Economic growth slowed slightly in 2007 after reaching a 10 year high of nearly 7% in 2006, but is expected to remain robust, hinging upon seasonal variations in the agricultural and tourism sectors and a recent increase in construction activity. this lower-middle-income country is vulnerable to natural disasters - tropical storms wiped out substantial portions of crops in 1994, 1995, and 2002. in 2007, the islands had more than 200,000 tourist arrivals, mostly to the grenadines. saint vincent is home to a small offshore banking sector and has moved to adopt international regulatory standards. the government's ability to invest in social programs and respond to external shocks is constrained by its high debt burden - 25 percent of current revenues are directed towards debt servicing.

Environmental Issues

Pollution of coastal waters and shorelines from discharges by pleasure yachts and other effluents; in some areas, pollution is severe enough to make swimming prohibitive

Government Type

Parliamentary democracy


118,432 (july 2008 est.)


Caribbean, islands between the caribbean sea and north atlantic ocean, north of trinidad and tobago


Total: 389 sq km (saint vincent 344 sq km) land: 389 sq km water: 0 sq km

Twice the size of washington, dc

Country Aliases

Conventional long form: none conventional short form: saint vincent and the grenadines


Name: kingstown geographic coordinates: 13 09 n, 61 14 w time difference: utc-4 (1 hour ahead of washington, dc during standard time)

International Disputes

Joins other caribbean states to counter venezuela's claim that aves island sustains human habitation, a criterion under unclos, which permits venezuela to extend its eez/continental shelf over a large portion of the eastern caribbean sea

Sources: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

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