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 St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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Area: 389 sq km (150 sq miles)
Population: 109,000 (UN, 2012)
Capital City: Kingstown
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Independence 1979
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Addresses to the UN General Assembly.
Key Facts
Government Type Parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
Independence 27 October 1979 (from the UK)
Constitution 27 October 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 Sir Fredrick Nathaniel BALLANTYNE (since 2 September 2002)

Head of government: Prime Minister Ralph E. GONSALVES (since 29 March 2001)

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 usually appointed prime minister by the governor general; deputy prime minister appointed by the governor general on the advice of the prime minister

Legislative Branch

Unicameral House of Assembly (21 seats, 15 elected representatives and 6 appointed senators; representatives elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)

Elections: last held on 9 December 2015 (next to be held in 2020)

Election results: seats by party - ULP 8, NDP 7

Judicial Branch Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (consisting of a High Court and Court of Appeals; based on Saint Lucia; two judges of the Supreme Court reside in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)
Country Studies
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BBC News Profile - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.
CIA World Factbook - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.
Country Health Profile - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Information, health situation analysis, and statistics about countries in the Americas.
FAO and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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 Vincent and the Grenadines
Provides quick statistics on human development, economy, labor force, and population from the United Nations Development Programme.
IAEA - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Country factsheet on multilateral and safeguard agreements from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
IMF - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Country information, reports and publications from the International Monetary Fund.
ITC - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).
OHCHR - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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. Vincent and the Grenadines
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 Vincent and the Grenadines
Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Member States.
UNESCO Communication & Information - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Country profile, news and links to related projects and websites.
UNESCO Education Worldwide - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Education statistics, publications, plans, ministries, and news for Member States.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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. Vincent and the Grenadines
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. Vincent and the Grenadines
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.
United Nations Country @ a Glance - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Country overview, news, economy, environment, health and technology from the United Nations Cyberschoolbus.
United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.
United Nations Statistics Division: National Accounts - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
"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 - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
U.S. trade in goods (imports, exports and balance) with St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
U.S. Department of Energy - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Country energy profile for production, consumption, U.S. oil imports, and CO2 emissions.
WHO - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Information and statistics on the status of public health in St. Vincent and the Grenadines 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 Vincent and the Grenadines
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 Vincent and the Grenadines
"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. Vincent and the Grenadines
Overview, country strategy, agreements, and documents on the European Union's relations with St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
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. Vincent and the Grenadines), although the name G-77 was retained because of its historical significance.
OECS - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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. Vincent and the Grenadines 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."
Permanent Mission of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations
Website of member state missions and their representatives to the United Nations.
ReliefWeb - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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 Vincent and the Grenadines 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. Vincent and the Grenadines
Economic, social and environmental policies and plans for sustainable development from the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs.
USAID - St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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. Vincent & the Grenadines
U.S.-St. Vincent & the Grenadines relations, humanitarian assistance, reconstruction, and country background notes.
Background Notes - St. Vincent & the Grenadines
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. Vincent and the Grenadines
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.
SVG Television Television Operated by St Vincent and the Grenadines Broadcasting Corporation
NBC Radio Radio Partly-government funded national FM service
Hitz FM Radio Music station, affiliated to SVG TV
We FM Radio Commercial station
Hot 97.1 FM Radio Commercial station
Nice FM Radio Commercial station
Caribbean News Agency News Agency Public-private agency in English-speaking Caribbean
The Herald Press Daily newspaper
The News Press Weekly newspaper
Searchlight Press Weekly newspaper
The Vincentian Press Weekly newspaper owned by Vincentian Publishing Company
I-Witness News Press Online newspaper
News Update
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