St. Lucia

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St. Lucia

Official name: Saint Lucia

Capital city: Castries

Internet country code: .lc

Flag description: Blue, with a gold isosceles triangle below a black arrowhead; the upper edges of the arrowhead have a white border

National anthem: “Sons and daughters of Saint Lucia love the land that gave us birth” (first line)

National bird: Saint Lucia parrot (Amazona versicolor)

National flowers: Rose and Marguerite

National motto: “The Land, The People, The Light”

Geographical description: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago

Total area: 238 sq. mi. (619 sq. km.)

Climate: Tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season January to April, rainy season May to August

Nationality: noun: Saint Lucian(s); adjective: Saint Lucian

Population: 170,649 (July 2007 CIA est.)

Ethnic groups: African descent 82.5%, mixed 11.9%, East Indian 2.4%, other or unspecified 3.1%

Languages spoken: English (official), French patois

Religions: Roman Catholic 67.5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 8.5%, Pentecostal 5.7%, Rastafarian 2.1%, Anglican 2%, Evangelical 2%, other Christian 5.1%, other 1.1%, unspeci­fied 1.5%, none 4.5%

Legal Holidays:

Boxing DayDec 26
Christmas DayDec 25
Emancipation DayAug 4
Independence DayFeb 22
Labor DayMay 1
National DayDec 13
New Year's HolidayJan 1
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