Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Land and Population
Soufriere, active volcano, Methodists, tropical climate, average annual temperature
The island of Saint Vincent is volcanic in origin. It is traversed from north to south by a forested range that rises to a maximum elevation in La Soufriere (1,234 m/4,049 ft), an active volcano located in the northern part of the island that erupted violently in 1821, 1902, and 1979. The country has a tropical climate with an average annual temperature of about 24° C (76° F). The island's average annual rainfall ranges from about 1,500 mm (about 60 in) on the coast to about 3,800 mm (about 150 in) in the interior mountains.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has a total population of 116,394 (2002 estimate). Blacks make up the great majority of the population, and English is the official language. Anglicans and Methodists are the two major religious groups.
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