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 Saint Lucia
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Area: 616 sq km
Population: 178,000 (UN, 2012)
Capital City: Castries
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Overview
Government Type Parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
Independence 22 February 1979 (from the UK)
Constitution 22 February 1979
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 Dame Pearlette LOUISY (since September 1997)

Head of government: Prime Minister Allen Michael CHASTANET (since 7 June 2016)

Cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the Governor-General on the advice of 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 the leader of a majority coalition usually appointed Prime Minister by the governor general; deputy prime minister appointed by the Governor-General

Legislative Branch

Bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (11 seats; six members appointed on the advice of the prime minister, three on the advice of the leader of the opposition, and two after consultation with religious, economic, and social groups) and the House of Assembly (17 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)

Elections: House of Assembly - last held on 6 June 2016 (next to be held in 2021)

Election results: House of Assembly -seats: UWP - 11, SLP - 6

Judicial Branch Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (consists of a High Court and a Court of Appeals; based on Saint Lucia; three judges of the Supreme Court reside in Saint Lucia); member of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)
Country Studies
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BBC News Profile - St. Lucia
A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.
CIA World Factbook - Saint Lucia
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.
FAO and Saint Lucia
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 Lucia
Provides quick statistics on human development, economy, labor force, and population from the United Nations Development Programme.
IAEA - Saint Lucia
Country factsheet on multilateral and safeguard agreements from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
IMF - Saint Lucia
Country information, reports and publications from the International Monetary Fund.
ITC - Saint Lucia
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).
Library of Congress - Saint Lucia
Country portal and resources compiled by the Library of Congress subject experts.
OHCHR - Saint Lucia
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. Lucia
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 Lucia
Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Member States.
UNESCO Communication & Information - Saint Lucia
Country profile, news and links to related projects and websites.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics - Saint Lucia
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 Lucia
Cultural and natural heritage properties and documents on the World Heritage List.
UNAIDS - St. Lucia
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. Lucia
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.
United Nations Country @ a Glance - Lucia
Country overview, news, economy, environment, health and technology from the United Nations Cyberschoolbus.
United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - St. Lucia
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.
United Nations Statistics Division: National Accounts - St. Lucia
"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 Lucia
U.S. trade in goods (imports, exports and balance) with Saint Lucia.
U.S. Department of Energy - Saint Lucia
Country energy profile for production, consumption, U.S. oil imports, and CO2 emissions.
Human Rights Watch - Saint Lucia
News and reports related to human rights.
WHO - St. Lucia
Information and statistics on the status of public health in St. Lucia 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 Lucia
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 Lucia
"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 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. Lucia
Overview, country strategy, agreements, and documents on the European Union's relations with St. Lucia.
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. Lucia), although the name G-77 was retained because of its historical significance.
OECS - St. Lucia
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. Lucia to the United Nations
Website of member state missions and their representatives to the United Nations.
Permanent Mission of St. Lucia 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. Lucia
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 Lucia 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. Lucia
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. Lucia
U.S.-St. Lucian relations, humanitarian assistance, reconstruction, and country background notes.
Background Notes - St. Lucia
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. Lucia
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.
Helen Television Systems (HTS) Television Private station
Daher Broadcasting Service (DBS) Television Private station
Catholic Broadcasting TV Network (CBTN) Television Private station
Radio Saint Lucia (RSL) Radio State-owned, broadcasts in English and Creole
Radio Caribbean International Radio Programmes in English and Creole
Radio 100 Radio News and entertainment, affiliated to HTS TV
Hot FM Radio Private, news and music
Caribbean News Agency News Agency Public-private agency in English-speaking Caribbean
The Voice Press Published three issues per week
The Mirror Press Weekly newspaper
The Star Press Weekly newspaper
The Crusader Press Weekly newspaper
The Vanguard Press Weekly newspaper
One Caribbean Press Weekly newspaper
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