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About Grenada

The State of Grenada consists of three islands- Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique which form the southern end of the Windward Islands. Formerly colonized for many years, first by the French and then by the British, the islands of Grenada still retain traces of these European influences in their culture, architecture and place names. The Capital, St. George’s, is located on the south west coast of Grenada. It is the seat of government and the main commercial centre.

Capital Cities

St. George's (est. pop. 37,057)

Location

12.07° North 61.40° West

Area

3 islands, 133 sq. miles total (344 km2 )Grenada is 12 miles (18km) wide and 21 miles (34km) long, and covers a land area of 120 sq. miles (440 sq. km), Carriacou is 13 sq. miles (34 sq. km) and Petite Martinique is 486 acres (194 hectares).

Population

104,000 (UN, 2009)

Languages

English (Official), French patois

People

Approximately 108,132 (est. 2008) people inhabit Grenada, including the 6,521 inhabitants of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. The nation’s citizens are primarily of African, East-Indian and European descent, with the largest proportion of the population, approximately 75%, of African descent. Grenada is an English-speaking nation.

Religion

Christianity

Nationality

Grenadian

Head of Government

Dr. The Right Hon. Keith Mitchell 7 February (1974, Independence Day)

Head of State

(Queen Elizabeth II) Dr. Cecile La Grenade

Economic Profile

Grenada has a largely tourism-based, small, open economy. Over the past two decades, the economy has shifted from one of agriculture-dominant into that of services-dominant, with tourism serving as the leading foreign currency earning sector. The country's principal export crops are the spices nutmeg and mace (Grenada is the world’s second largest producer of nutmeg after Indonesia.

Currency

The official currency of Grenada is the Eastern Caribbean dollar, which is also used throughout most of the Eastern Caribbean. Currency is issued in denominations of $5(EC), $10(EC), $20(EC), $50(EC), and $100(EC). Coins are issued in denominations of $0.01(EC), $0.02(EC), $0.05(EC), $0.10(EC), $0.25(EC), and $1.00(EC). The Eastern Caribbean dollar is fixed to the U.S. dollar at a current rate of $2.70(EC) to $1(USD). The current exchange rate to the euro is , 1 to EC$3.72; the pound is £1 to EC$4.25. Exchange rates may vary slightly for traveller’s checks and at various banks.

Time Diff

Grenada is 9 hours and 30 minutes Behind of India

Climate

Tropical - avg. temperature of 75ºF (24ºC) Average temperatures range from 75 degrees F to 85 degrees F (24 degrees C to 30 degrees C), with a cool breeze. The lowest temperatures occur between November and February. Although the climate is warm all year round, we do experience some seasonal changes depending on altitude. The dry season is between January and May and the rainy season is from June to December.

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