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Area: 389 sq km (150 sq miles)
Population: 109,000 (UN, 2012)
Capital City: Kingstown
Independence: 27 Oct 1979
Last Election: 9 Dec 2015
Next Election: Dec 2020
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 St. Vincent and the Grenadines Parliament Learn more
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 House of Assembly of St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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 Cabinet of St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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  Election Centre 2015 Learn more
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  General Election Results 2015
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 National Budgets Learn more
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 2018 Budget Statement
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 2017 Budget Statement
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St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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 Independence
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 Manifestos
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 National Heroes
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 National Strategies and Policies
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 Parliament
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 Throne Speeches
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 United Nations General Assembly Addresses
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Key Country Facts
Government Type Constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government and a Commonwealth realm | Learn more »
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Independence 27 October 1979 (from the UK) | Learn more »
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Constitution 27 October 1979 | Learn more »
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Legal system Based on English common law | Learn more »
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Suffrage 18 years of age; universal
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Executive Branch Head of State: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor-General Sir Fredrick Nathaniel BALLANTYNE (since 2 September 2002) | Learn more »

Head of Government: Prime Minister Ralph E. GONSALVES (since 29 March 2001) | Learn more »

Cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the Governor-General on the advice of the prime minister | Learn more »

Elections: the monarchy is hereditary; the governor general appointed by the monarch; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party usually appointed prime minister by the governor general; deputy prime minister appointed by the Governor-General on the advice of the Prime Minister | Learn more »
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Legislative Branch Unicameral House of Assembly (21 seats, 15 elected representatives and 6 appointed senators; representatives elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms) | Learn more »

Elections: House of Assembly -last held on 9 December 2015 (next to be held in 2020) | Learn more »

Election results (2015):seats by party - ULP 8, NDP 7 | Learn more »
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Judicial Branch Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (consisting of a High Court and Court of Appeals; based on Saint Lucia; two judges of the Supreme Court reside in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)
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  National Heroes Learn more
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 Profiles of National Heroes
  Electoral Legislation Learn more
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 Laws governing the electoral process
  Political Parties Learn more
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 Background on political parties and related groups
 Independence Feature Learn more
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 Background on Road to Independence
 Independence Day Addresses Learn more
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 Address by leaders for Independence Day
  Throne Speeches Learn more
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 Speech for the Cermonial Opening of Parliament
  National Strategies and Policies Learn more
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 Strategies and Policies by Sector
  Treaties Learn more
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 Bilateral and multilateral treaties
  UN General Assembly Statements Learn more
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 Addresses to the UN General Assembly
Media & Links
MEDIA TITLE TYPE NOTES
SVG Television Television Operated by St Vincent and the Grenadines Broadcasting Corporation
NBC Radio Radio Partly-government funded national FM service
Hitz FM Radio Music station, affiliated to SVG TV
We FM Radio Commercial station
Hot 97.1 FM Radio Commercial station
Nice FM Radio Commercial station
Caribbean News Agency News Agency Public-private agency in English-speaking Caribbean
The Herald Press Daily newspaper
The News Press Weekly newspaper
Searchlight Press Weekly newspaper
The Vincentian Press Weekly newspaper owned by Vincentian Publishing Company
I-Witness News Press Online newspaper
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