Flower (Soufriere tree Spachea Perforata)
St. Vincent is situated in the Windward Islands
at the lower end of the Caribbean chain; the Grenadines
comprise a chain of little islands and rocks between
St Vincent and Grenada
St. Vincent was originally settled by Amerindians.
Struggle for possession by the French and British
ended with British control in 1783 (apart from
French occupation from 1778-83). The island gained
independence in 1979.
Last elections 2001. Next elections 2006.
Unity Labour Party (ULP)
Labour Party (ULP), New Democratic Party (NDP),
United Progressive Movement (UPM).
F N Ballantyne
the Hon. Ralph E. Gonsalves
OF BIRTH: 8 August, 1946
B.Sc. Economics, UWI
M.Sc. Government, UWI
Ph.D. Government, Victoria Univ. of Manchester,
Degree of Utter Barrister, Gray's Inn, London,
Lecturer, Dept. of Government, UWI
Visiting Professor, Queen's College, City
University of New York
Barrister-at-Law and Solicitor, Eastern Caribbean
Member of Parliament
Leader, Unity Labour Party
Leader, Opposition Party in Parliament
activity is predominantly in Agriculture, with
bananas being the main export crop. It is the
world's main supplier of arrowroot (now of minor
Flowers and foliage plants are also exported.
Other fruits and vegetables, including plantains
and sweet potatoes are exported to Barbados,
Trinidad and Tobago, and other regional markets.
There is a small manufacturing sector catering
primarily for the regional markets. A brewery
and a rice and flour mill are in full operation
along with electronic components assembly ventures.
is concentrated mainly on the Grenadines island
chain, where there are high quality beaches
featuring luxury villas, hotels and yachts.
small offshore financial sector came on stream
from about the mid 1990s.
Ebenezer Joshua; James Mitchell International
Independent - 27 October 1979
389 km2 (150 miles2)
Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$)
Per Capita (at current prices):
EC$133.4 million (1999)
EC$542.3 million (1999)
EC$126.5 million (1999)
8:00-12:00; 13:00-16:00 hrs Monday to
Government: 8:30-12:00, 13:00-16:00
hrs Monday to Friday
Year's Day (1 January); National Heroes' Day (22
January); Good Friday; Easter Monday; May Day
(5 May); Whit Monday; CARICOM Day (first Monday
in July); Carnival Tuesday (day after CARICOM
Day); August Monday (first Monday in August);
Independence Day (27 October); Christmas Day (25
December); Boxing Day (26 December).
Holidays that fall on Sunday are celebrated the
St. Vincent Land so beautiful
with joyful hearts we pledge to thee
Our loyalty and love, and vow to keep you ever
Whate'er the future brings
Our faith will see us through.
May peace reign from shore to shore,
And God bless and keep us true.
Hairoun our fair and blessed isle,
Your mountains high,
So clear and green, are home to me, though I may
stray, a haven, calm, serene.
little sister islands are these gems, the lovely
Upon their seas and golden sands, the sunshine
Order of British Empire; Member of British Empire
Flying or Jack Fish
of CARICOM Membership:
1 May 1974