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Region | Quick guide to St. Kitts & Nevis

The former British colony of St Kitts and Nevis is inhabited mostly by the descendants of West African slaves. Its beaches, scenery and a warm, sunny climate are a great tourist attraction. It is also vulnerable to hurricanes. Tourism, offshore finance and service industries are important sources of income - more so since a centuries-old but loss-making sugar industry was wound down in 2005 with the loss of hundreds of jobs.

The islands of St Kitts - also known as St Christopher - and Nevis have been in an uneasy federation since independence from Britain in 1983, with some politicians in Nevis saying the federal government in St Kitts - home to a majority of the population - had ignored the needs of Nevisians.

But a referendum on secession held in Nevis in 1998 failed to gain the two-thirds majority needed to break away.

Timothy Harris took office as prime minister in February 2015, succeeding Denzil Douglas, who governed the twin-island federation for 20 years.
The Team Unity coalition led by Mr Harris won seven of the 11 contested seats in the National Assembly in the general elections. The other four seats went to Douglas' St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party. Mr Harris is only the third prime minister since the country gained independence from Britain in 1983.

The government operates national television and radio networks and there are several private radio stations. The main political parties publish weekly or fortnightly newspapers and the opposition press is free to criticise the government.



FACT FINDER

Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis

CAPITAL:
Basseterre

CURRENCY:
East Caribbean dollar

AREA:
269 sq km (104 sq miles)

POPULATION:
52,000

MAJOR LANGUAGE:
English

MAJOR RELIGION:
Christianity

LIFE EXPECTANCY:
68 years (men)
71 years (women)

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