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St. Lucia

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Languages: English (official), French patois

Ethnicity/race: black 82.5%, mixed 11%, East Indian 2.4%, other or unspecified 3.1% (2001 census)

Religions: Roman Catholic 68%, Seventh-Day Adventist 9%, Pentecostal 6%, Evangelical 2%, Anglican 2%, other Christian 5%, Rastafarian 2%, none 5% (2001)

Literacy rate: 90.1% (2001 est.)

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2011 est.): $2.142 billion; per capita $12,900. Real growth rate: 2%. Inflation: 1.9%. Unemployment: 20% (2003 est.). Arable land: 6.45% (2005 est.). Agriculture: bananas, coconuts, vegetables, citrus, root crops, cocoa. Labor force: 79,700 (2012 est.); agriculture 21.7%, industry, commerce, and manufacturing 24.7%, services 53.6% (2002 est.). Industries: clothing, assembly of electronic components, beverages, corrugated cardboard boxes, tourism; lime processing, coconut processing. Natural resources: forests, sandy beaches, minerals (pumice), mineral springs, geothermal potential. Exports: $162.3 million (2006 est.): bananas 41%, clothing, cocoa, vegetables, fruits, coconut oil. Imports: $535.4 million (2006 est.): food 23%, manufactured goods 21%, machinery and transportation equipment 19%, chemicals, fuels. Major trading partners: UK, U.S., Brazil, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Finland (2004).

Member of Commonwealth of Nations

Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 41,100 (2009); mobile cellular: 179,300 (2009). Radio broadcast stations: AM 2, FM 7 (plus 3 repeaters), shortwave 0 (2003). Radios: 111,000 (1997). Television broadcast stations: 3 (2 commercial broadcast stations and 1 community antenna television or CATV channel) (2007). Televisions: 32,000 (1997). Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 90 (2010). Internet users: 142,900 (2009).

Transportation: Railways: 0 km. Highways: total: 1,210 km (2002 est.). Ports and harbors: Castries, Vieux Fort. Airports: 2 (2012).

International disputes: protests Venezuela's claim to give full effect to Aves Island, which creates a Venezuelan EEZ/continental shelf extending over a large portion of the Caribbean Sea.

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