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Basic Facts
Country name conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Saint Lucia
Gevernment typeparliamentary democracy
Capital name: Castries
geographic coordinates: 14 01 N, 61 00 W
time difference: UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Flag descriptionblue, with a gold isosceles triangle below a black arrowhead; the upper edges of the arrowhead have a white border
CurrencyEast Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Internet country code.lc
Ports and terminalsCastries, Cul-de-Sac, Vieux-Fort
Agriculture productsbananas, coconuts, vegetables, citrus, root crops, cocoa
Industriesclothing, assembly of electronic components, beverages, corrugated cardboard boxes, tourism; lime processing, coconut processing
Geography
LocationCaribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago
Coordinates13 53 N, 60 58 W
ContinentCentral America and the Caribbean
Area total: 616 sq km
land: 606 sq km
water: 10 sq km
Boundaries0 km
Coastline158 km
Climatetropical, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season January to April, rainy season May to August
Terrainvolcanic and mountainous with some broad, fertile valleys
Natural resourcesforests, sandy beaches, minerals (pumice), mineral springs, geothermal potential
Natural hazardshurricanes and volcanic activity
People
Population168,458 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsblack 90%, mixed 6%, East Indian 3%, white 1%
ReligionsRoman Catholic 67.5%, Seventh Day Adventist 8.5%, Pentecostal 5.7%, Anglican 2%, Evangelical 2%, other Christian 5.1%, Rastafarian 2.1%, other 1.1%, unspecified 1.5%, none 4.5% (2001 census)
LanguagesEnglish (official), French patois

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