About St. Kitts-Nevis


The Federation is a democracy based on the Westminister model headed by a Prime Minister and Cabinet with a House of Assembly, where an opposition is able to represent a different political position.

The population of of the Federation is approx 45,000 in St.Kitts and 15000 in Nevis

The Flag

Coat of Arms

Motto:

COUNTRY ABOVE SELF

The Anthem

O Land of Beauty

Was written and composed by Kenrick Georges for our independence from Great Britain in 1983.

O Land of Beauty!
Our country where peace abounds,
Thy children stand free
On the strength of will and love.
With God in all our struggles,
Saint Kitts and Nevis be
A nation bound together,
With a common destiny.

As stalwarts we stand
For justice and liberty.
With wisdom and truth
We will serve and honour thee.
No sword nor spear can conquer
For God will sure defend.
His blessings shall forever
To posterity extend.

It is customary (and expected) to stand during the singing or playing of the National Anthem.

The State

The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis recognises the Queen of the United Kingdom as head of state, she is represented in the Federation by a Governor General. The present Governor General is Sir Sir Edmund Wickham Lawerence GCMG,OBE.

The Political System

St.Kitts and Nevis currently operates a two (2) party system, The Labour Party and the Peoples Action Movement (PAM), and the Nevis Reparation Party and the Concerned Citizens Movement on Nevis. The Nevis Island Administration, manages the affairs of Nevis. Elections are held on both islands approximately every five (5) years for both the Federal Government and on Nevis only for the Nevis Island Administration when the population of voting age votes for candidates proposed by each party. There are eight (8) constituencies on St. Kitts and three (3) in Nevis.

Elections are held in Nevis to select the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) also approximately every five years and the NIA have representation at the Federal Parliament.

Government

The Federal Government of the Federation is led by a Prime Minister, who is also the leader of the cabinet. Members of the opposition also make up the House of Assembly which is the law making body of the Federation.

Religious Life

Predominantly Christian with a strong Evangelical bias. Small populations of Hindus and Muslims and other religious groups are also present.

Hurricane Preparedness

Being in the Caribbean St. Kitts and Nevis are subject to seasonal hurricanes and other weather patterns. The hurricane season runs from June to October and it is advisable to make sure that your home is secured from potential wind and rain damage.

In the Federation hurricane preparedness is managed by NEMA – National Emergency Management Agency, which works with communities to ensure their preparedness. Each community has a local committee that is responsible for ensuring the security and protection of their neighbourhood. There are eight (8) districts in St. Kitts and 5 in Nevis, there are at least one emergency shelter in each district to which persons can go if secure shelter is required.

A list of Shelters and their locations in St. Kitts can be found by clicking this link:
http://www.nema.kn/?q=node/34

and in Nevis at

http://www.nevisdm.com/shelter_google_map.html

The information on this page is constantly being updated. Please check back often for more info.