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The Beautiful Saint Kitts and Nevis You Have to Visit to Appreciate

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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.

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.

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.

  • Capital: Basseterre
  • Area: 269 sq km (104 sq miles)
  • Population: 52,000
  • Major language: English
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 68 years (men), 71 years (women)
  • Currency: East Caribbean dollar
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