About St Kitts & Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis is a commonwealth country based in the Caribbean. It has been independent since 1983 and forms part of the group of islands known as the Lesser Antilles located some 2,000 km southeast of Miami. The Federation comprises two islands: Nevis with an area of some 93.2 km2 and St. Kitts with 168.4 km2.

St. Kitts and Nevis enjoys a stable democracy based on Constitutional rule and free and fair elections, based on the British parliamentary system, with the Queen of England as Head of State.

The official and business language is English, and its workforce is well-educated.

The country has a pleasant climate and offers visitors beauty, serenity and a true taste of island life.

The Federation is a member of the United Nations (UN), of the Organisation of American States (OAS), the British Commonwealth, Caricom and many other international organisations. It maintains the stability of the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (ECD), the national currency of most Eastern Caribbean countries, which is tied to the US dollar.


Official Name Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis
Capital Basseterre
Head Of State Queen of England, represented by Local Governor-General
Form of Government Parliamentary Democracy, within the British Commonwealth
Location 17.5E°N; 62.2°W – 48km (27 miles) west-northwest of Antigua
Around 2,100 km (1,300 mi) southeast of Miami, Florida
Area A total of 269 sq.km (104 sq.mile)
St Kitts is 176 sq.km Nevis is 93sq.km separated of 2 miles of water
Population 50,000
Ethnic Make-Up Mainly of African descent, with some European and East Indian ancestry
Adult Literacy 95%
Currency Eastern Caribbean Dollars (EC$) – Most places accept USD
Exchange Pegged to the $US 1.00 = EC$2.70
Time Zone Eastern Standard Time +1;GMT-4
Phone Code Regional Code 001 (869)
Direct Flights USA, Miami Central, UK London Gatwick
Top Universities University of Medicine, Health Sciences, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine and more