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Saint Kitts & Nevis (Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

#st_kitts_&_nevis

St Kitts & Nevis
Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index98th best
CapitalBasseterre
Land Area 260km21
LocationNorth America, The Americas, The Caribbean
GroupingsSmall Islands
Population52 4412
Life Expectancy73.98yrs (2017)3
GNI$22 436 (2017)4
ISO3166-1 CodesKN, KNA, 6595
Internet Domain.kn6
CurrencyDollar (XCD)7
Telephone+8

1. Overview

Carib Indians occupied the islands of the West Indies for hundreds of years before the British began settlement in 1623. In 1967, the island territory of Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla became an associated state of the UK with full internal autonomy. The island of Anguilla rebelled and was allowed to secede in 1971. The remaining islands achieved independence in 1983 as Saint Kitts and Nevis. In 1998, a vote in Nevis on a referendum to separate from Saint Kitts fell short of the two-thirds majority needed. Nevis continues in its efforts to separate from Saint Kitts.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)9

Book CoverNear-perfect packages. The two-island nation combines beaches with beauteous mountains, activities to engage your body and rich history to engage your mind. Driving around the northern reaches of St Kitts, you pass mile after mile of sugar cane gone wild. The once all-encompassing lifeblood of the nation is no more and the huge plantations have been abandoned. Meanwhile beaches across the island rattle with the percussion of construction as a new economy based on tourism takes hold. Even the train once used for hauling cane now hauls tourists. But if change is coming fast to this classic eastern Caribbean island, it is managing to retain its essential qualities: a laid-back culture given to loud, boisterous celebration and an utter contempt for stress. Nevis is much the same albeit in a package that´s almost impossibly alluring. Circumnavigating the island on a two-hour drive is one of life´s meandering pleasures.

But if the pair offer much that´s similar, they differ in the details. St Kitts is the larger and feels that way, but Nevis is a neater package, anchored by a single volcanic mountain buttressed by a handful of beaches and a tiny capital, Charlestown.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)10

2. St Kitts & Nevis National and Social Development

#economics #human_development

UN HDI (2016)11
Pos.Lower is better
Rank11
1Norway1
2Australia2
3Switzerland2
...
71Turkey71
72Venezuela71
73Sri Lanka73
74St Kitts & Nevis74
75Albania75
76Lebanon76
77Mexico77
78Azerbaijan78
World Avg94.3
q=188.
Gross National Income Per-Capita (2011)12
Pos.Higher is better
PPP $12
1Qatar$129 916
2Singapore$78 162
3Kuwait$76 075
...
49Hungary$23 394
50Russia$23 286
51Latvia$22 589
52St Kitts & Nevis$22 436
53Kazakhstan$22 093
54Chile$21 665
55Bahamas$21 565
56Equatorial Guinea$21 517
World Avg$17 240
q=193.
Social & Moral
Development Index
13,14
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank13,14
1Norway30.8
2Denmark31.8
3Sweden33.9
...
95India89.1
96Morocco89.3
97El Salvador89.5
98St Kitts & Nevis90.4
99Antigua & Barbuda90.9
100Ghana91.2
101Oman91.2
102Paraguay91.8
World Avg88.0
q=195.

The United Nations produces an annual Human Development Report which includes the Human Development Index. The factors taken into account include life expectancy, education and schooling and Gross National Income (GNI) amongst many others..

The Social and Moral Development Index concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, public health, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism, and on some technological issues. A country scores higher for achieving well in those areas, and for sustaining that achievement in the long term. Those countries towards the top of this index can truly said to be setting good examples and leading humankind onwards into a bright, humane, and free future. See: Which are the Best Countries in the World? The Social and Moral Development Index.

3. St Kitts & Nevis's Demographics

#health #immigration #life_expectancy #longevity #migration #population

Population:

St Kitts & Nevis's population is predicted to rise to 63 336 by 2030.

Population (2018)2
Pos.
Population2
1China1.4b
2India1.4b
3USA327.1m
...
186Andorra77 006
187Dominica71 625
188Marshall Islands58 413
189St Kitts & Nevis52 441
190Monaco38 682
191Liechtenstein37 910
192San Marino33 785
193Palau17 907
World Avg39.0m
q=195.
Life Expectancy (2015)12
Pos.Higher is better
Years12
1Hong Kong84.16
2Japan83.68
3Italy83.34
...
86Morocco74.31
87Colombia74.23
88Jordan74.18
89St Kitts & Nevis73.98
90Samoa73.67
91Dominican Rep.73.65
92Grenada73.56
93Cape Verde73.54
World Avg71.27
q=190.

Migration:

Immigrants (2017)15
Pos.
%15
1UAE88.4%
2Kuwait75.5%
3Qatar65.2%
...
36Germany14.8%
37Estonia14.7%
38Gabon13.8%
39St Kitts & Nevis13.7%
40Seychelles13.6%
41Croatia13.4%
42UK13.4%
43Latvia13.2%
World Avg9.4%
q=195.
Emigrants (2010)16
Pos.
%16
1Dominica104.8%
2Palestine68.4%
3Samoa67.3%
4Grenada65.5%
5St Kitts & Nevis61.1%
6Guyana56.9%
7Monaco56.3%
8Antigua & Barbuda47.6%
9Tonga45.4%
10Albania45.4%
11Barbados41.0%
12Suriname39.0%
World Avg11.5%
q=192.

4. St Kitts & Nevis's Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

#equality #freethought #gender_equality #homosexuality #human_rights #international_law #morals #politics #prejudice #religious_tolerance #tolerance #women

Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance (2020)17,18
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank17,18
1Sweden9.9
2Denmark14.7
3Norway15.5
...
159Papua New Guinea122.4
160Turkmenistan122.6
161Nauru123.4
162St Kitts & Nevis123.4
163Malawi123.4
164Sao Tome & Principe123.8
165Burundi126.3
166Congo, DR126.9
167Yemen128.5
World Avg89.0
q=199.

The best countries in the world at ensuring human rights, fostering equality and promoting tolerance, are Sweden, Denmark and Norway17. These countries are displaying the best traits that humanity has to offer. The worst countries are The Solomon Islands, Palestine and Somalia17.

The data sets used to calculate points for each country are statistics on commentary in Human Rights Watch reports, its nominal commitment to Human Rights, speed of uptake of HR treaties, supporting personal, civil & economic freedoms, supporting press freedom, eliminating modern slavery, opposing gender inequality, the year from which women could participate in democracy, its success in fighting anti-semitic prejudice, LGBT equality and freethought. The regions with the best average results per country are Scandinavia, Baltic States and Europe17, whereas the worst are Melanesia, Micronesia and Australasia17.

For more, see:

Human Rights & Tolerance:

Nominal Commitment to HR (2009)19
Pos.Higher is better
Treaties19
1Argentina24
2Chile23
3Costa Rica23
...
166Papua New Guinea9
167Oman9
168Iran9
169St Kitts & Nevis9
170Comoros9
171Cook Islands9
172Guinea-Bissau8
173USA8
World Avg15.1
q=194.
HR Treaties Lag (2019)20
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Yrs/Treaty20
1Ecuador2.15
2Uruguay2.25
3Tunisia3.65
...
178Fiji14.85
179Samoa14.85
180Myanmar (Burma)14.93
181St Kitts & Nevis15.00
182Singapore15.02
183Papua New Guinea15.23
184Brunei15.29
185Tonga15.55
World Avg10.02
q=195.

Gender Equality:

The 1950s saw a late rush of 43 countries, including St Kitts & Nevis and many developing nations, move to cease preventing women from voting.

See:

Year Women Can Vote
Pos.Lower is better
Year
1New Zealand1893
2Australia1902
3Finland1906
...
86Grenada1951
87Nepal1951
88Dominica1951
89St Kitts & Nevis1951
90St Vincent & Grenadines1951
91Bolivia1952
92Ivory Coast1952
93Greece1952
World Avg1930
q=189.

Prejudice:

LGBT Equality (2017)21
Pos.Higher is better
Score21
1Netherlands103
2Belgium90
3Sweden86
...
166Turkmenistan-24
167Lebanon-24
168Zimbabwe-24
169St Kitts & Nevis-25
170Botswana-25
171Ghana-25
172Pakistan-26
173Egypt-27
World Avg12.6
q=196.
Freedom of Thought (2021)22
Pos.Lower is better22
1Belgium1.0
2Netherlands1.0
3Taiwan1.0
...
18Palau1.8
19USA1.8
20Kosovo1.8
21St Kitts & Nevis1.8
22Micronesia1.8
23Mozambique1.8
24Burkina Faso1.8
25Namibia1.8
World Avg3.0
q=196.

5. St Kitts & Nevis's Health

#alcohol #health #life_expectancy #longevity #obesity #St_Kitts_&_Nevis #vaccines

Health (2020)23,24
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank23,24
1Hong Kong18.0
2Singapore41.5
3Maldives43.3
...
82Burundi88.5
83El Salvador89.1
84Dominica89.2
85St Kitts & Nevis89.3
86Algeria89.5
87Kyrgyzstan90.0
88Grenada90.5
89Trinidad & Tobago90.6
90USA91.1
World Avg92.3
q=187.

The countries with the best overall approach to public health, in terms of both public policy and individual lifestyle choices, are Hong Kong, Singapore and The Maldives23. These countries are worth emulating. And, although often through no fault of the average citizen, the worst countries are S. Sudan, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea23.

The data sets used to calculate points for each country are its average life expectancy, its alcohol consumption rate, its fertility rate, its smoking rate, its suicide rate, its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance, the prevalence of overweight adults, its adolescent birth rate and its immunizations take-up. The regions with the best average results per country are Scandinavia, Asia and Europe23, whereas the worst are Africa, Micronesia and Polynesia23.

For more, see:

Health:

St Kitts & Nevis does relatively well in encouraging good health, compared to many other countries. St Kitts & Nevis does better than average for its immunizations take-up25 and in its average life expectancy12 (but low for The Americas). And finally, it does worse than average in terms of its alcohol consumption rate26. The number of overweight adults has increased by 14% over the past 40 years.
Life Expectancy (2015)12
Pos.Higher is better
Years12
1Hong Kong84.16
2Japan83.68
3Italy83.34
...
86Morocco74.31
87Colombia74.23
88Jordan74.18
89St Kitts & Nevis73.98
90Samoa73.67
91Dominican Rep.73.65
92Grenada73.56
93Cape Verde73.54
World Avg71.27
q=190.
Alcohol Consumption (2016)26
Pos.Lower is better
Per Capita26
1Bangladesh0.0
2Kuwait0.0
3Libya0.0
...
138Chile9.3
139Grenada9.3
140S. Africa9.3
141St Kitts & Nevis9.4
142Tanzania9.4
143Uganda9.5
144Barbados9.6
145Argentina9.8
World Avg6.2
q=189.
Overweight Adults (2016)27
Pos.Lower is better
%27
1Vietnam18.3
2India19.7
3Bangladesh20.0
...
79Grenada51.4
80Turkmenistan51.8
81Moldova51.8
82St Kitts & Nevis52.3
83Barbados52.4
84Papua New Guinea52.9
85Bosnia & Herzegovina53.3
86Paraguay53.5
World Avg49.0
q=191.

Children's Health:

Infant Immunizations 2011-2015 (2015)25
Pos.Higher is better
Avg %25
1Hungary99.0
2China99.0
3Uzbekistan98.9
...
41Spain96.5
42Poland96.5
43Libya96.4
44St Kitts & Nevis96.3
45Bahamas96.2
46Maldives96.2
47Tajikistan96.1
48Rwanda96.1
World Avg88.3
q=194.

6. St Kitts & Nevis's Modernity and Learning

#education #the_internet

Modernity and Education:

Length of Schooling (2018)28
Pos.Higher is better
Years28
1Australia22.1
2Belgium19.7
3Finland19.3
...
84Kuwait13.8
85S. Africa13.7
86UAE13.6
87St Kitts & Nevis13.6
88St Vincent & Grenadines13.6
89Malaysia13.5
90Macedonia13.5
91Kyrgyzstan13.4
World Avg13.2
q=193.

Technology and Information:

Internet Users (2016)29
Pos.Higher is better29
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
...
62Greenland67%
63Portugal67%
64Brazil66%
65St Kitts & Nevis66%
66Dominica66%
67Italy66%
68Uruguay65%
69Antigua & Barbuda65%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
IPv6 Uptake (2017)30
Pos.Higher is better
Ratio30
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
...
51Slovakia0.8
52Hong Kong0.7
53Spain0.6
54St Kitts & Nevis0.6
55Nauru0.5
56Egypt0.4
57Mexico0.4
58Bhutan0.4
World Avg3.82
q=176.

7. The Natural Environment

#biodiversity #deforestation #over-exploitation #the_environment

Forest Area Change 1990-2015 (2015)31
Pos.Higher is better
%31
1Iceland+205.6
2Bahrain+144.4
3Uruguay+131.3
...
96Oman00.0
97Bahamas00.0
98Barbados00.0
99St Kitts & Nevis00.0
100Norway-00.2
101Papua New Guinea-00.2
102Canada-00.3
103Jordan-00.6
World Avg+02.8
q=184.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Pos.Earlier is better
Signed
1China1993 Dec 29
2Guinea1993 Dec 29
3Cook Islands1993 Dec 29
...
15Mauritius1993 Dec 29
16Antigua & Barbuda1993 Dec 29
17Mongolia1993 Dec 29
18St Kitts & Nevis1993 Dec 29
19New Zealand1993 Dec 29
20Japan1993 Dec 29
21Uganda1993 Dec 29
22Belarus1993 Dec 29
World Avg1899 Dec 30
q=197.

8. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below32:

Christian94.6%
Muslim0.3%
Hindu1.5%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion1.3%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated1.6%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states simply: Anglican, other Protestant, Roman Catholic33.

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