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Saint Lucia
Capital:
Castries
Population:
164,213 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
The island, with its fine natural harbor at Castries, was contested between England and France throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries (changing possession 14 times); it was finally ceded to the UK in 1814. Self-government was granted in 1967 and independence in 1979.
Government type:
Westminster-style parliamentary democracy
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $866 million (2002 est.)
Internet users:
13,000 (2002)
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