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Basic facts
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The country 
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Capital: Kingstown
Area: 389 sq km; 150 sq miles
Population: 115,942 (July 2001 est.)
Urbanisation: Urban 52 per cent (1998 Estimate); Rural 48 per cent (1998 Estimate)
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Economy

Exports: Bananas, eddoes and dasheen (taro), arrowroot starch, flour, rice

Industry: Food processing, cement, furniture, clothing, starch, sugar, rum, tourism

Agriculture: Bananas, coconuts, sweet potatoes, spices; cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, fish

Currency: 1 East Caribbean dollar (EC$), consisting of 100 cents

Natural resources: Warm climate, sandy beaches, fish

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The people

Ethnic: Black African descent 66 per cent, mixed 19 per cent, East Indian 6 per cent, Carib Native American 2 per cent, Other 7 per cent.

Language: English (official), French patois

Religion: Anglican 47 per cent, Methodist 28 per cent, Roman Catholic 13 per cent, Other including Seventh-Day Adventist 12 per cent.

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The history

Independence: Granted on 27 October 1979 from the United Kingdom

Government: The head of state is the British monarch, represented by a governor-general, but a Prime Minister, who is responsible to the parliament, known as the House of Assembly, exercises actual power. Of the Assembly's 21 members, 15 are popularly elected and the governor-general on recommendation from the Prime Minister and the opposition leader appoints 6.

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