St Kitts and Nevis

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Location : Caribbean, islands in the Caribbean Sea, about one-third of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago

Capital : Basseterre

Total Area : 261 sq km (Saint Kitts 168 sq km; Nevis 93 sq km)

Population : 52,329 (July 2016 est.)

Population distribution: population clusters are found in the small towns located on the periphery of both islands

Languages : English (official)

 

Religion : Anglican, other Protestant, Roman Catholic

Ethnic groups : predominantly black; some British, Portuguese, and Lebanese

Government type : federal parliamentary democracy (National Assembly) under a constitutional monarchy; a Commonwealth realm

GDP – per capita : $25,500 (2016 est.)

Climate : tropical, tempered by constant sea breezes; little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season (May to November)

Legal system : English common law

Unemployment rate : 4.5% (1997)

Visa free countries : 132 (2016)

Overview of the country – geographical Situation, accessibility

St Kitts and Nevis flag

Set back from the Caribbean tourist routes, St Kitts and Nevis is an integral part of the Lesser Antilles and the Leeward Islands. While St Kitts is cosmopolitan and lively, Nevis, smaller in area, is calm and quiet.

Whatever the location of the islands, the panoramic views of the sea are magnificent and you can discover beautiful buildings of colonial architecture, fabulous inns where the Caribbean hospitality undeniably has a touch of culture Rasta.

Basseterre is the capital of the country and is located on the island of St Kitts.

Two international airports serve St Kitts, with Robert L. Bradshaw Airport, and Nevis with Vance W. Amory Airport, respectively.

Rate of tax system on the physical persons living in the country

There is no income tax on individuals; there is no capital gains tax, no wealth tax or estate tax.

Physical and legal Security of the country

St. Kitts and Nevis is a federal parliamentary monarchy consisting of two states: the island of St. Kitts on the one hand and the island of Nevis on the other. A Governor General who acts in consultation with the Prime Minister represents Queen Elizabeth II.

St. Kitts and Nevis is a member of the Commonwealth.

The economy of the islands relies mainly on agriculture, which employs 29% of the working population. Light industry and tourism are experiencing strong growth, both of which contribute to reducing the country’s excessive dependence on sugar production.

Programs of economic investments set up by the government of the country host, with new residents

Obtaining the nationality of Saint Kitts and Nevis through the program of economic citizenship set up by the government is very attractive. The country’s citizenship program is the oldest. It exists since 1984.

This program is aimed at high net worth individuals and their families who wish to obtain citizenship through various investment options to support the country’s economy.

The nationality of the country can be obtained through two different procedures:

  • Invest US $ 250,000 with government (Type of grant, non-recoverable)
  • Buy a property with a minimum value of 400 000 US $.

Dual citizenship is recognized by St Kitts and Nevis.

Quality of Life

Featuring some 10,000 residents, these islands have an authentic charm where hospitality is not a vain word. In Nevis they say, “You are a stranger here only once.”

St Kitts and Nevis remain intact, without mass tourism. Nature lovers will be happy to make excursions through lava formations, tropical forests and lagoons by the sea. Diving is one of the most popular activities. The old plantations have been transformed into refined and intimate inns.

Traffic is on the left. The official language is English.

Countries for which visas are not necessary any more

Holders of St Kitts and Nevis passports can travel to 132 countries without a visa.