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Careers, Jobs and Education Resources for: Saint Lucia

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The island, with its fine natural harbor at Castries, was contested between England and France throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries (changing possession 14 times); it was finally ceded to the UK in 1814. Even after the abolition of slavery on its plantations in 1834, Saint Lucia remained an agricultural island, dedicated to producing tropical commodity crops. Self-government was granted in 1967 and independence in 1979. (from the CIA)


Economic Overview

The island nation has been able to attract foreign business and investment, especially in its offshore banking and tourism industries, with a surge in foreign direct investment in 2006, attributed to the construction of several tourism projects. tourism is the main source of foreign exchange, with almost 900,000 arrivals in 2007. the manufacturing sector is the most diverse in the eastern caribbean area, and the government is trying to revitalize the banana industry. saint lucia is vulnerable to a variety of external shocks including declines in european union banana preferences, volatile tourism receipts, natural disasters, and dependence on foreign oil. high debt servicing obligations constrain the king administration's ability to respond to adverse external shocks. economic fundamentals remain solid, even though unemployment needs to be reduced.

Environmental Issues

Deforestation; soil erosion, particularly in the northern region

Government Type

Parliamentary democracy


159,585 (july 2008 est.)


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


Total: 616 sq km land: 606 sq km water: 10 sq km

3.5 times the size of washington, dc

Country Aliases

Conventional long form: none conventional short form: saint lucia


Name: castries geographic coordinates: 14 01 n, 61 00 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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