About St. Kitts & Nevis

Land of Opportunities

Downtown Basseterre, St. Kitts

Downtown Basseterre, St. Kitts

The Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis (St. Kitts) is a twin-island nation located in the British West Indies. It is situated about 1,300 miles southeast of Miami, Florida and is approximately 50-70 miles from St. Barts, St. Maarten and Anguilla. This English speaking country obtained independence from the UK in 1983 but remains a member of the British Commonwealth.

St. Kitts has a population of c.50,000 and boasts a 95% literacy rate. This island has a land area of c.65 sq mi, being approximately c.18 mi long and on average c.5.0 mi wide. The GDP of St. Kitts is c.US$ 550 million and the currency, the East Caribbean Dollar, maintains a fixed exchange rate of 2.7 to the US Dollar. St. Kitts enjoys a politically stable and democratic government. The Right Honourable Denzil Llewellyn Douglas has been the Prime Minister since 1995.

Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham meeting Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis in London, 27 July 2012.

Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham meeting Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis in London, 27 July 2012.

St. Kitts allows for individuals to acquire citizenship through a government sponsored investment program. Those meeting the requirements of the program are rewarded with full citizenship, including a passport and the right to permanently reside and work in St. Kitts. This is the oldest economic citizenship program of its kind globally and has been in place since 1984.The route to citizenship is for applicants to make an investment of US$430,000 (plus associated government fees), in Park Hyatt St. Kitts.

 

Photo credits: Downtown (Image taken by Clark Anderson/Aquaimages (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons); Prime minister (English: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Flickr) [OGL (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/1/)], via Wikimedia Commons)