St. Kitts Statistics


St. Kitts

is part of the Leeward Island Chain in the West Indies. It is approximately 1,300 miles Southeast of Miami, Florida.  The land area of the island is 65 sq miles.  It is about 18 miles in length and has an average width of 5 StKitts02map3 1024x905  St. Kitts Statisticsmiles.  St. Kitts is part of a Federation with it’s sister island Nevis.

The population of St. Kitts is approximately 38,000.  Approximately 15,500 people live in the country’s capital, Basseterre.  English is the primary language here.  Local people refer to themselves as Kittitians.

There are three universities on St. Kitts.   They include;

  • Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Windsor University School of Medicine
  • The International University of Health Sciences

Currency

The Currency in St. Kitts is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar or EC Dollar.  The exchange rate for the EC currency to the US Dollar is a fixed rate at 2.7-to-one.  The economy is based on tourism.  As the tourism has increased so has the demand for vacation housing.  Several companies have started building luxury vacation homes on island.   Minimum local wage is EC$8.per hour.

Banks

  • * Credit Union
  • * Bank of Nova Scotia
  • * First Caribbean International Bank
  • * Royal Bank of Canada
  • * St. Kitts Nevis-Anguilla National Bank
  • * Development Bank of St. Kitts & Nevis

Banks are open Monday-Thursday 8am-2pm; Friday 8am-4pm. Each bank provides 24 hour ATM services where you can get cash advances from your VISA or MasterCard. You can also withdraw from or check the balance of the primary checking and savings accounts linked to your bankcard, via the PLUS/Electron or Cirrus/Maestro networks.

DSC00297 300x225  St. Kitts StatisticsInvestments

St. Kitts has a unique citizenship by investment program that is outlined in the Citizenship Act(1984).  Persons wishing to become citizens of St. Kitts can be approved by passing the government’s background checks, and by investing in an approved real estate development.  A minimum of US$350,000 investment is required to apply for citizenship.  Silver Reef is one of many such developments.

Traveling Documents

Citizens of Canada need only to present proof of citizenship – preferably a passport or an original birth certificate with the raised seal – in order to enter St. Kitts-Nevis. If the birth certificate is used, it must be accompanied by a government issued photo ID (a drivers licence, for example) showing the same name. Where applicable, documentation of a legal name change (for example, a marriage certificate) must also be presented. Citizens of the United States, however, are required to have passports in order to re-enter that country. As such a valid passport is a required travel document when travelling to the Caribbean.

Additionally, proof of sufficient funds and a return or onward passage might be required. There is a departure tax of $60 XCD (about $22 USD) payable in cash, or by credit card – Visa or MasterCard – at the airport.

Phones

Cable & Wireless (Lime) and Digicel are major telephone service providers in St. Kitts & Nevis. Direct Dialing, Leased Circuits, Internet, Class Services, Voice Mail, Caller ID and other features are currently offered. ISDN and DSL services are also available. The area and country code for St. Kitts is 1-869.

Emergency Numbers

Police / Ambulance – 911
Fire – 333
Air Ambulance – (869) 465-2801028 300x225  St. Kitts Statistics
JNF General Hospital – (869) 465-2551

What to Wear

St. Kitts has a very slight difference in temperature.  Between the highs in the 80′sF and the lows of 68 the is only about a 15 degree difference.  Therefore, light summer clothing may be worn all year. Informal dress is accepted even at elegant hotels and plantation inns, although you may want to dress up a bit for a nice dinner. Nudity is not permitted at any beach. Swim wear or scant clothing should never be worn in towns or villages.

Electricity

The domestic market is served by a 230 volt single phase supply. However, a 110 volt supply is available in most newer constructions.

Water

The water is good quality and suitable for drinking. It is collected from direct precipitation, mountain springs and wells, and is chemically treated for purification. Locally bottled water is also available.

Health

There are no particular health concerns associated with St. Kitts. Therefore, special vaccines are usually not required. Ambulance services are available and there are specialists in most fields of medicine. The hospital, JNF, was opened in 2003, and emergency 911 services are available.

This article covers the basic information about St. Kitts. Things that you should know if you are planning to move here for work or school.  I’ve tried to be thorough in gathering information about St. Kitts. If you are not familiar with our island and would like to know more I’ll be doing more posts with information regarding holidays, attractions, culture, and life in St. Kitts.

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