Imports$315.7 million (2011 est.)
Exports$58.6 million (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)3.8% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate4.5% (1997)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$15,800 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate-1.5% (2010 est.)
Internet users17,000 (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular84,600 (2009)
Population growth rate0.806% (2012 est.)
Population50,726 (July 2012 est.)
Carib Indians occupied the islands for hundreds of years before the British began settlement in 1623.
The islands became an associated state of the UK with full internal autonomy in 1967.
The island of Anguilla rebelled and was allowed to secede in 1971....
The economy of Saint Kitts and Nevis is heavily dependent upon tourism revenues, which has replaced sugar, the traditional mainstay of the economy until the 1970s.
Following the 2005 harvest, the government closed the sugar industry after decades of losses of 3-4% of GDP annually.
To compensate for employment losses, the government has embarked on a program to diversify the agricultural sector and to stimulate other sectors of the economy, such as tourism, export-oriented manufacturing, and offshore banking....