ISLAND QUICK INFO


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Intro

Climate

Capital

Basseterre

Government

The country is an independent Commonwealth realm with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state, represented in St. Kitts and Nevis by a Governor-General, who acts on the advice of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. The prime minister is the leader of the majority party of the House, and the cabinet conducts affairs of state.

St. Kitts and Nevis has a unicameral legislature, known as the National Assembly. It is composed of fourteen members: eleven elected Representatives (three from the island of Nevis) and three Senators who are appointed by the Governor-General. Two of the senators are appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister, and one on the advice of the leader of the opposition. Unlike in other countries, senators do not constitute a separate Senate or upper house of parliament, but sit in the National Assembly, alongside representatives. All members serve five-year terms. The Prime Minister and the Cabinet are responsible to the Parliament.

Currency

Easter Caribbean (EC) dollars though US$ are widely accepted

Population

The Island of St. Kitts has approximately 39,000 inhabitants and Nevis has roughly 12,000 inhabitants

Economy / Industry

St. Kitts main form of industry was the production of sugar from sugar cane. Abadoned in 2005 because of competition from other countries and the European Union cutting costs of sugar St. Kitts now relies on tourism as its main source of income.