The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis is a two-island country located within the Leeward Islands, as part of the West Indies. The capital city is on the larger island, Saint Kitts, and is called Basseterre. The smaller island, Nevis, is located 2 miles southeast of Saint Kitts. The population of the islands is around 51,000, last estimated in 2014.
Previously, there was another island in the federation, called Anguilla, but that has changed since then. Saint Kitts and Nevis were amongst the first Caribbean islands to play host to European settlers, as well as some of the first French and English colonies.
The primary economy of Saint Kitts and Nevis is tourism, which has been rapidly increasing in recent years as tourists flock to the island nation. The country traditionally was dependent on sugar plantations, but rising production costs and low market prices around the world has led to diversity in the agriculture of the country.
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