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 St. Kitts and Nevis
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Area: 269 sq km (104 sq miles)
Population: 52,000 (UN, 2009)
Capital City: Basseterre
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Cabinet of St. Kitts and Nevis 2015
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Key Facts
Government Type Parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
Independence 19 September 1983 (from the UK)
Constitution 19 September 1983
Legal system Based on English common law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal
Executive Branch

Head of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor-General Sir Tapley SEATON (since 1 September 2015; Acting since 19 May 2015)

Head of government: Prime Minister Dr. Timothy S. HARRIS (since 18 February 2015).

Cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the Governor-General in consultation with the Prime Minister

Elections: the monarchy is hereditary; the governor general appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or leader of a majority coalition usually appointed Prime Minister by the Governor-General.

Legislative Branch

Unicameral National Assembly (14 seats, 3 appointed and 11 popularly elected from single-member constituencies; members serve five-year terms)

Elections: last held on 16 February 2015 (next to be held by 2020)

Election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - SKNLP 3, CCM 2, PAM 4, PLP 1, NRP 1

Judicial Branch Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (consisting of a Court of Appeal and a High Court; based on Saint Lucia; two judges of the Supreme Court reside in Saint Kitts and Nevis); member of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)
Country Studies
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BBC News Profile - St. Kitts and Nevis
A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.
CIA World Factbook - Saint Kitts and Nevis
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.
Country Health Profile - St. Kitts & Nevis
Information, health situation analysis, and statistics about countries in the Americas.
FAO and Saint Kitts and Nevis
This page from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has information on economic and agricultural issues. It also has a good selection of maps.
Human Development Report on Saint Kitts and Nevis
Provides quick statistics on human development, economy, labor force, and population from the United Nations Development Programme.
IAEA - Saint Kitts and Nevis
Country factsheet on multilateral and safeguard agreements from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
IMF - Saint Kitts and Nevis
Country information, reports and publications from the International Monetary Fund.
ITC - Saint Kitts and Nevis
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).
Library of Congress - Saint Kitts and Nevis
Country portal and resources compiled by the Library of Congress subject experts.
OHCHR - Saint Kitts and Nevis
Country background, treaties, reporting status, calendar of events and publications related to human rights from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR).
Regional Security System - St. Kitts and Nevis
The Regional Security System is collective response to security threats for the Eastern Caribbean region. Member states include Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
UNESCO Worldwide - Saint Kitts and Nevis
Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Member States.
UNESCO Communication & Information - Saint Kitts and Nevis
Country profile, news and links to related projects and websites.
UNESCO Education Worldwide - Saint Kitts and Nevis
Education statistics, publications, plans, ministries, and news for Member States.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics - Saint Kitts and Nevis
A selection of national statistics on education, literacy, science and technology, culture, and communication.
UNESCO Office for the Caribbean
Cluster Office representing UNESCO member and associate states in the Caribbean. Member States are Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saints Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Associate Member States are British Virgin Islands, Netherlands Antilles and Cayman Islands.
UNESCO World Heritage - Saint Kitts and Nevis
Cultural and natural heritage properties and documents on the World Heritage List.
UNAIDS - St. Kitts & Nevis
Country situation analysis and news from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
UNFPA Caribbean
The UNFPA office in Jamaica serves the English and Dutch Speaking Caribbean inclusive of 21 member countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and The Turks and Caicos Islands.
United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office - St. Kitts and Nevis
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.
United Nations Country @ a Glance - St. Kitts and Nevis
Country overview, news, economy, environment, health and technology from the United Nations Cyberschoolbus.
United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - St. Kitts and Nevis
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.
United Nations Statistics Division: National Accounts - St. Kitts and Nevis
"Statistics database contains a complete and consistent set of time series from 1970 onwards of main national accounts aggregates for all UN Members States and all other countries and areas in the world."
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics - Saint Kitts and Nevis
U.S. trade in goods (imports, exports and balance) with Saint Kitts and Nevis.
U.S. Department of Energy - Saint Kitts and Nevis
Country energy profile for production, consumption, U.S. oil imports, and CO2 emissions.
WHO - St. Kitts & Nevis
Information and statistics on the status of public health in St. Kitts & Nevis from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Diplomacy and Aid
We've listed below some useful information related to Diplomacy and Aid for this country. This list is not all inclusive; we will continue to update the list and eliminate any links that close, are found to be unfactual or deceptive. The links included are those generally considered most relevant to the topic and worthwhile for their content and services. We urge you to explore these resources for their information, ideas, and services. Please suggest other resources you think we should list here. Notify us if you think a resource listed here has become deceptive or unfactual.
CARICOM - Saint Kitts and Nevis
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was established by the Treaty of Chaguaramas in 1973. It is a regional organization dedicated to improving development, trade and economics, international competitiveness and economic leverage, coordination of foreign economic policies, and standards of living and work.
Commonwealth of Nations - Saint Kitts and Nevis
"The Commonwealth is an association of 53 independent states consulting and co-operating in the common interests of their peoples and in the promotion of international understanding and world peace. The Commonwealth's 2 billion citizens, about 30 per cent of the world's population, are drawn from the broadest range of faiths, races, cultures and traditions."
Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
The Delegations of the External Service serve European Union interests throughout the Eastern Caribbean (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines).
Diplomacy Monitor (St. Thomas University School of Law)
Indexes current government news releases and other documents on diplomatic issues. Browse for documents by topic or documents issued by or affecting a particular nation.
Embassy of St. Kitts and Nevis in Washington, DC
Diplomatic representation of Saint Kitts and Nevis in the United States.
Embassy of the United States in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
Diplomatic representation of the U.S. in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines).
European Union Relations with St. Kitts and Nevis
Overview, country strategy, agreements, and documents on the European Union's relations with St. Kitts and Nevis.
G-77 at the United Nations
The Group of 77 is an intergovernmental organization of developing states in the UN. It provides the means for the countries of the South to articulate and promote their collective economic interests and enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the United Nations system, and promote South-South cooperation for development. There are now 130 member states (including St. Kitts and Nevis), although the name G-77 was retained because of its historical significance.
OECS - St. Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis
The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states include Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands are associate members.
Permanent Mission of St. Kitts and Nevis to the Organization of American States
"The OAS brings together the nations of the Western Hemisphere to strengthen cooperation on democratic values, defend common interests and debate the major issues facing the region and the world. The OAS is the region's principal multilateral forum for strengthening democracy, promoting human rights, and confronting shared problems such as poverty, terrorism, illegal drugs and corruption."
ReliefWeb - St. Kitts and Nevis
ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news, documents, maps, and background information on emergency assistance by country.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
News, operations, statistics, background, analysis and policy, and maps from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Select Saint Kitts & Nevis from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the right.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Barbados and the OECS Subregional Office
UNDP helps countries work toward human rights, democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, energy and environment for sustainable development, and HIV/AIDS prevention. UNDP Barbados is a subregional, multi-country office that serves the Member States of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Christopher and Nevis (also called St. Kitts and Nevis), Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines).
United Nations Division for Sustainable Development - St. Kitts and Nevis
Economic, social and environmental policies and plans for sustainable development from the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs.
USAID - St. Kitts and Nevis
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) economic and humanitarian assistance programs.
USAID - Caribbean
USAID Assistance in the Caribbean (Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago).
U.S. Department of State - St. Kitts & Nevis
U.S.-St. Kitts & Nevis relations, humanitarian assistance, reconstruction, and country background notes.
Background Notes - St. Kitts & Nevis
Provides country background and foreign policy information for the American public from the Department of State's Bureau of Public Affairs.
World Bank - OECS
World Bank data, projects, and research in the countries of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). OECS countries include Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
World Trade Organization - St. Kitts & Nevis
Provides key information on trade statistics, WTO commitments, disputes, trade policy reviews, and notifications for member countries.
Media
Here we provide media links and a feed of recent news.
ZIZ Television Television Government-owned station
ZIZ Radio Radio Government-owned station
Big Wave 96.7 Radio Commercial, operated by ZIZ
Winn FM Radio Commercial station
Voice of Nevis (VON) Radio Nevis-based mediumwave (AM) station
Sun St Kitts/Nevis Press Daily newspaper
The Democrat Press People's Action Movement weekly
The Labour Spokesman Press twice-weekly newspaper of St Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union
The St Kitts and Nevis Observer Press Weekly newspaper
Caribbean News Agency News Agency Public-private agency in English-speaking Caribbean
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