- Castries; 14,000
- 616 square kilometers (238 square miles)
- English, French patois
- Roman Catholic, Protestant
- East Caribbean dollar
- Life Expectancy:
- GDP per Capita:
- U.S. $5,400
- Literacy Percent:
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Saint Lucia, a tropical island in the eastern Caribbean Sea, gained independence from Britain in 1979. Tropical forests cloak a mountainous interior flanked by twin volcanic peaks, known as pitons. Oil transshipment via a U.S.-built terminal and the export of manufactured goods supplement agriculture and tourism. The government is challenged by unemployment and drug-related crime.
- Industry: Clothing, assembly of electronic components, beverages, corrugated cardboard boxes
- Agriculture: Bananas, coconuts, vegetables, citrus
- Exports: Bananas, clothing, cacao, vegetables
—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition
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