Island name: Carriacou
Country name: Grenada.
Data code: GJ.
Language: English (official).
French patois is spoken by a minority.
Capital: St. George's.
Population: 96,000 (1997 est.).
Climate: tropical; tempered by northeast trade winds.
Area: 345 sq km (133
Coastline: 121 km.
Geographic coordinates: 12 07 N, 61 40 W.
Highest point: Mount Saint Catherine 840 m.
Size: 30 km x 13 km.
Terrain: volcanic in origin;
divided by a central mountain range.
Average tourist arrivals: 113,370 (2009).
Electricity: 220 / 240 volts AC / 50 cycles.
Highlights: a fascinating and diverse landscape with tropical
rain forests and a coastline with some of the finest beaches in the world.
The beautiful smaller Grenadine Islands Carriacou and Petit Martinique
are also part of Grenada and easy to reach by express ferry.
Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic
Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago. It is the most southerly
of the Windward Islands.
Sleep: noisy little frogs might keep you awake at night.
Telephone: automatic, island wide telephone system. Full
IDD service. Country code: 1-473.
Time: 1 hour ahead of Standard US Time and 5 hours ahead of Standard
European Time (GMT - 4).
Cost of living: food and accommodation costs are relative high.
Credit cards: major credit cards are widely accepted.
Currency: 1 EC dollar (EC$) = 100 cents. The East Caribbean dollar
is converted at the fixed rate of $2.70 EC to $1.00 US.
Airport: Point Salines International Airport. The airport is
situated 7km (4 miles) southwest of Grenada's capital, St George’s. There
is a public bus from the airport to St George's, but service is irregular
and most travellers prefer to get a taxi.
Ports and harbors: Blowing Point, Road Bay.
Ethnic groups: black.
Government type: parliamentary democracy.
Legal system: based on English common law.
Literacy: 98% of the total population (male: 98%, female:
Catholic 53%, Anglican 14%, other Protestant sects 33.2%.
Agriculture products: nutmeg, cocoa, sugar
cane, bananas, fruit and vegetables, mace.
GDP per capita: purchasing power parity - $3,160 (1996 est.).
Industries: food and beverages, textiles, light assembly operations,
Natural resources: timber, tropical fruit, deep water harbors.
Partners: Caricom 32.3%, UK 20%, US 13%, Netherlands 8.8% (1991).
Unemployment rate: 20% (1996).
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