Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is a multi-island state in the Eastern Caribbean. Saint Vincent is the largest island located south of St. Lucia and West of Barbados. The Grenadines include 32 inhabited and uninhabited islands, cays and islets, which stretch south of St. Vincent down to Grenada. All the islands are accessible by sea transport.
Kingstown in the capital city, and also the major port.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, like most of the English-speaking Caribbean, has a British colonial past. The country gained independence in 1979 with Independence Day being celebrated annually on 27th October.
The population is approximately 109,000, with the main industries being tourism, agriculture (bananas, coconuts, sweet potatoes, cocoa, coffee, spices, starch and a small number of livestock), and fishing.
St. Vincent is still a poor country and is undeveloped compared to its neighbours St. Lucia and Barbados. St. Vincent and the Grenadines offers a wide variety of activities including great sailing, kite surfing, snorkeling, SUP, diving, with hiking trails in rainforests, up the volcano or rivers.
The building of a new International airport, should allow St. Vincent more exposure and easier access with lower travel costs. The airport is due to be completed and opened by the end of 2016.
There is a high level of athleticism and raw talent and sports play an important role in Vincentian society and culture, with the most prominent sports being cricket, football and netball. Recently tennis and swimming have also gained popularity among the youth. With the prevalence of high unemployment amongst ages 18-24 the government is keen to support any new initiative involving sports, which can give youth an alternative future.
Language: English and Vincentian Creole.
Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Time zone: UTC-4
Size: 150 sq mi
Average Temp: Above 30ºC