St Lucia


In the Caribbean, volcanic and mountainous with some broad fertile valleys. 616 km2 (3.5x size of Washington D.C. ), 6% arable.

Capital Castries (pop est. 9,469)
Population 160K (260.2/km2)
Life expectancy 76 years
HIV/AIDS not available
Literacy 90%
Lang(s) English (official), French Patois
Religions Roman Catholic 68%, Seventh Day Adventist 9%, Pentecostal 6%, Rastafarian 2%, Anglican 2%, Evangelical 2%, other Christian 5%, none 5%, other 1%
Ethnic Groups Black 83%, Mixed 12%, East Indian 2%, other 3%
Gov’t Parliamentary Democracy and a Commonwealth Realm
GDP/cap $10,900
PCVs 1961- present (3638 volunteers served total for Eastern Caribbean countries)
Nat’l holiday Independence Day, 22 February (1979)


Focus word for 2011 - "Celebration"

French Patois: Célébration (sell-ah-bra-see-oh)


Books

Saint Lucia: Portrait of an Island
by Jenny Palmer
Book Description
St. Lucia lives up to its reputation for outstanding natural beauty and for the friendliness of its people. The stunning new images provide a fascinating insight into the unique history and vibrant culture of the island known simply as "Helen of the West Indies."


Kids' Books

My grandpa and the sea
by Katherine Orr
Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 1990.
Ages 5 to 9.


Music

Mantius
Music from St. Lucia


Films

Dr. Dolittle (Richard Dolittle, 1967)


Recipes

Green Fig & Salt Fish Pie
St. Lucia Hot Sauces
Scotch Bonnet "Chili" Vodka