St Lucia is an independent Commonwealth State. It gained independence from the UK on 22 February 1979. St Lucia celebrates this day each year with a public holiday. The country is in the Eastern Caribbean and has beautiful mountainous terrain. Its landscape includes Mount Gimie and the Pitons, which are the island’s most famous landmarks.
St Lucia is a United Nations, OECS, and CARICOM member. The regional currency is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD), which is pegged to the US Dollar at EC$2.70 to US$1.00.
An educated workforce and improvements in roads, communications, water supply, sewerage and port facilities continue to attract significant foreign investment in the tourism and offshore banking industries. Tourism remains the country’s main source of jobs and income. This industry accounts for around 60% of the GDP.
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