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St. Vincent is very vulnerable to natural disasters such as hurricanes, flooding, and severe weather. The United States Agency for International Development works within the country to help provide technical assistance to villages affected by natural disasters.1 The Soufriere volcano on St. Vincent is active and a constant source of potential disaster.2

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1 http://www.usaid.gov/crisis/saint-vincent-and-the-theGrenadines
2 https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/vc.html
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Geography

Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago
Area

Total 389 sq km (Saint Vincent 344 sq km)
Land 389 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

tropical; little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season (May to November)
Natural Resources

hydropower, cropland ;
Natural Hazards

hurricanes; Soufriere volcano on the island of Saint Vincent is a constant threat
Current Environmental Issues

pollution of coastal waters and shorelines from discharges by pleasure yachts and other effluents; in some areas, pollution is severe enough to make swimming prohibitive

Demographics

Nationality
Saint Vincentian or Vincentian
Population
103,220 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Success of the economy hinges upon seasonal variations in agriculture, tourism, and construction activity as well as remittance inflows. Much of the workforce is employed in banana production and tourism, but persistent high unemployment has prompted many to leave the islands. This lower-middle-income country is vulnerable to natural disasters - tropical storms wiped out substantial portions of crops in 1994, 1995, and 2002. In 2008, the islands had more than 200,000 tourist arrivals, mostly to the Grenadines, a drop of nearly 20% from 2007. Saint Vincent is home to a small offshore banking sector and has moved to adopt international ...See More regulatory standards. The government's ability to invest in social programs and respond to external shocks is constrained by its high public debt burden, which was 68% of GDP at the end of 2011. GDP grew on average 6% annually from 2002-07, but contracted between 2008-10 as a result of the global economic downturn; growth remains slow. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$1.312 billion (2012 est.); $1.306 billion (2011 est.); $1.301 billion (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

bananas, coconuts, sweet potatoes, spices; small numbers of cattle, sheep, pigs, goats; fish
Industries

tourism; food processing, cement, furniture, clothing, starch