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St. Vincent

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island nation in the Lesser Antilles chain of the Caribbean Sea. Its 389-square-kilometre (150 sq mi) territory consists of the main island of Saint Vincent and the northern two-thirds of the Grenadines. The country has a French and British colonial history and is now part of the Commonwealth of Nations and CARICOM.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines lies between Saint Lucia and Grenada in the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, an island arc of the Caribbean Sea. The islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines include the main island of Saint Vincent (344 km²/133 sq mi) and the northern two-thirds of the Grenadines (45 km²/17 sq mi), a chain of small islands stretching south from Saint Vincent to Grenada.

Population: 118,149 (July 2007 est). Ethnic groups: Black 66%, Mixed 16%, East Indian 6%, Carib Amerindian 2%, Other 7%. Most Vincentians are the descendants of African people brought to the island to work on plantations. There are other ethnic groups such as Portuguese, East Indian, Pakistani and Syrians living on the island . There is also a growing Chinese population and a sizable minority of mixed race.

The country's official language is English. French Creole and Portuguese are widely spoken in the northern part of St.Vincent as well as on some of the Grenadines.

St. Vincent has a high rate of emigration. With extremely high unemployment and under-employment, population growth remains a major problem.

Information sourced from www.wikipedia.org



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