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Last reviewed: 04 June 2009

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Area: 340 sq km; (133 sq miles)
Population: 106,500 (207 EIU est.)
Capital City: St George's (population: 33,734)
People: Grenada's population is mainly of African descent. A few East Indians and a small community of the descendants of early European settlers reside in Grenada. About 50% of Grenada's population is under the age of 30. The official language is English with a few people speaking French patois. A more significant reminder of Grenada's historical link with France is the strength of the Roman Catholic Church, to which about 50% of Grenadians belong. The Anglican Church is the largest Protestant denomination.
Religions: Roman Catholic 53%, Anglican 13.8%, other Protestant 33.2%
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD) which is pegged at XCD 2.70 to US$1.00
Major Political Parties: National Democratic Congress (NDC); New National Party (NNP); Grenada United Labour Party (GULP); People's Labour Movement (PLM)
Government: Grenada is governed under a parliamentary system based on the British model. It has a Governor-General, a Prime Minister and a Cabinet, a bicameral Parliament with an elected 15-member House of Representatives, and a politically appointed 13-member Senate. Security in Grenada is maintained by the 650 members of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF), which includes an 80-member paramilitary special services unit (SSU) and a 30-member coast guard.
Head of State: Queen Elizabeth II, represented by the Governor-General Sir Daniel Williams.
Minister/Premier: The Hon Tillman Thomas
Foreign Minister:
The Hon Peter David
Membership of international groups/organisations: United Nations (UN), Organisation of American States (OAS), the Commonwealth, African, Caribbean Pacific Group of States (ACP), Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), CARICOM, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Caribbean Development Bank (CDB),(G-77), UNESCO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the International Whaling Commission, World Bank and IMF.


Life expectancy: 68 years
Infant mortality: 17 per 1,000 live births


The incidence of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean region is second only to sub-Sahara Africa. The main mod of HIV transmission in the Caribbean is unprotected heterosexual intercourse.

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