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Saint Kitts and Nevis Facts & Figures

Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis
Total area: 101 sq mi (261 sq km); St. Kitts - 65 sq mi (168 sq km); Nevis - 36 sq mi (93 sq km)
Population (2009 est.): 40,131
Capital (2003 est.): Basseterre (on St. Kitts) - 11,500
Largest town: Charlestown - 1,300 (on Nevis)
Currency: East Caribbean dollar
Language: English
Religions: Anglican, other Protestant, Roman Catholic
Time zone: GMT-4, DST is not observed
Electricity: AC 230V/60Hz, 110V-117V/60Hz also available in most hotels

The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis occupies two islands - St. Kitts and Navis - in the eastern Caribbean. The islands are part of the Leeward Islands, group of the Lesser Antilles and are located about 113 km (70 miles) south of Anguilla and 300 km (186 miles) southeast of Puerto Rico. The two islands are separated by a narrow, 3.2 km (2 miles) wide strait.

The larger island - St. Kitts - is oval in shape, with a long, small peninsula at its southeastern end, which is flat and consists of salt ponds and excellent white beaches. The main body of the island is mountainous with the highest point on the island Mount Liamuiga, at 1,156 m (3,793 ft). Mount Liamuiga is a cone-shaped volcano, topped with 1 km (0.6 miles) wide crater - a popular destination for hiking trips.

The island of Navis is circularly shaped with one single mountain at its center - Nevis Peak, 985 m (3,232 ft). Navis is surrounded by coral reefs.

St. Kitts and Navis is the smallest nation in the Americas, in both area and population.

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