St. Kitts and Nevis Guide

St. Kitts and Nevis Guide

Saint Kitts and Nevis – information about the state

Country name Saint Christopher
Official name Saint Kitts and Nevis (Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis)
Capital Basseterre
Continent North America
Area 261 km2
Population 54,000 (2013)
Foundation of a state 19/09/1983
The highest mountains Mount Misery 1156 m
State system a constitutional monarchy with a unicameral parliament
The biggest cities Basseterre 18,000 (Capital)
Official language English
Ethnicity/National Composition black 86%, mixed race 11%, white 2%, Indian and Pakistani 1%
Religious affiliation Protestants 78%, Roman Catholics 11%, others 11%
Currency 1 East Caribbean dollar (EC$) = cents
gross domestic product (GDP) US$16,066 (2012)
Average life expectancy of the population 72.40 years (2006)
Structure of GDP agriculture, forestry and fishing 7%, mining and industry 15%, construction 13.5%, services 64.5%

Country overview

According to Abbreviationfinder, the islands form part of the western chain of the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles in the eastern part of the Caribbean Sea.

Country data

Location: Caribbean

Time zone: CET – 5 (during summer time: CET – 6)

Total area: 261 km²

Land area: 261 km²

Water area: 0 km²

Length of the state border: 0 km

Coastline: 135 km

Capital: Basseterre

Districts: 14
Christ Church Nichola Town, St. Anne Sandy Point, St. George Basseterre, St. George Gingerland, St. James Windward, St. John Capisterre, St. John Figtree, St. Mary Cayon, St. Paul Capisterre, St Paul Charlestown, St. Peter Basseterre, St. Thomas Lowland, St. Thomas Middle Island, Trinity Palmetto Point

Electric current: 230 V / 60 Hz

Telephone code: 00 1869 (Source: Allcitycodes)

Highest point: Mount Liamuiga 1,156 m


Population: approx. 51,500 residents (Countryaah, 2021)

Population growth: 0.8% per year

Population density (residents per km²): 197

Life expectancy: 73 (male), 78 (female)

Official language: English

Religions: Roman Catholic, Protestants, others


The climate is hot and tropical. The average daytime temperature throughout the year is between 25 ° C and 30 ° C.

Saint Kitts and Nevis

In the first half of the year there is hardly any rain, while the main rainy season from June to October brings a lot of rain.

Currency / finance

Currency unit: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)

Division: 1 dollar = 100 cents

ATMs: Available in larger cities.

International credit cards: These are accepted by many larger hotels and shops.

Regulations: Foreign and national currencies can be imported in unlimited amounts. The export is limited to the amount of the declared import.

As a foreign currency, it is recommended to bring US dollars with you. Other currencies are rarely changed.

Many stores can also pay directly with US dollars. Corresponding price tags are usually labeled twice (local currency and US dollars).

Customs regulations

The following may be carried duty-free:

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 200 g tobacco
  • 1 liter of alcoholic beverages

(Information applies to people aged 18 and over)

Tourists and people in transit can bring items of personal use with them duty-free.

Travel advice

In some regions of the Eastern Caribbean, there are occasional robberies on ships near the coast. Do not take unknown guests on board and pay attention to your own safety, especially at night.

The months June to November are cyclone season. In addition to high winds, the tropical storms often bring with them heavy rains. Occasionally there are landslides through the softened soil.


In agriculture, bananas and sugar cane are mainly grown for export.

Since the international product prices do not allow sufficient profits, the region is dependent on economic help from other countries.

Most of the gross domestic product is generated by the service sector and the tourism industry.

Industries: food production, textiles, tourism, sugar production

Natural resources: farmland

Land use:

  • Usable land: 22%
  • Grain cultivation: 17%
  • Pasture area: 3%
  • Forests: 17%
  • other: 41%
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