Map Page 1137 Area 133 square mi (344 square km) Population 89,258 Capital Saint George's Highest Point 2,756 ft (840 m) Lowest Point 0 m GDP per capita $5,000 Primary Natural Resources timber, tropical fruit, agricultural products.
GRENADA IS AN independent island country in the CARIBBEAN SEA.
It is a member of the British Commonwealth.
The country was in the news in 1983, when the UNITED STATES led a successful military invasion of the island to protect U.S.
citizens there and to restore the island's parliamentary form of government.
Free elections have taken place there ever since.
Grenada is one of the smallest nations in the Western Hemisphere; it is about twice the size of Washington, D.C.
The country consists of the main island of Grenada, which makes up three-fourths of the country's total land area, as well as hundreds of mostly uninhabited tropical islets.
Three landscapes divide the main island: a coral-lined shore, an agricultural plain fringed by mangrove swamps, and a mist-shrouded volcanic highland.
Tropical storms and hurricanes traveling from the Atlantic Ocean menace the islands each year.
Volcanic eruptions also threaten the tiny nation: A volcano (Mount St.
Catherine) dominates the main island of Grenada and a submarine volcano (Kick-Em-Jenny), which is the most active volcano in the Windward Islands region, rumbles fitfully 5 mi (8 km) offshore.
The climate is the tropical-wet type.
Temperatures average a sweltering 84 degrees F (29 degrees C) throughout the year.
Northeast-flowing trade winds assure abundant moisture from June through November, when the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) passes over the islands.
Precipitation decreases noticeably when the ITCZ shifts south during the remainder of the year.
Due to the prevalence of the northeast trade winds, there is a prominent rain shadow area on the leeward (southwest) side of Mount St.
All but about 700 of the country's population lives on the main island of Granada.
Approximately 82 percent of the people are black, 13 percent mixed black and European, and 5 percent European and East Indian.
The only large urban center is the capital, St.
George's (population 4,300).
English is the official language, but most people also speak French patois.
The main island's impressive production of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves earns it the nickname Spice Island.
Bananas, cocoa, citrus, avocados, sugar cane and root crops also earn income.
Industry involves agricultural processing, construction, offshore financing, and tourism.
Grenada was the world's second-poorest country based on the percentage of the population living below the poverty line in 2003.
(DOMINICA, which is also a Caribbean nation, ranked first.)
- Airplane was forced to land because of the broken coffee machine
"SAS plane routing from Stockholm to Chicago was forced to make an emergency landing by a faulty coffee maker.
The carrier’s reps report that the flight something got short-circuited. The crew realized that there was a smell of smoke and after that the decision to make an emergency landing at the Greenland airport was made. It is stated that there was no panic aboard: all the passengers remained at their seats till the full landing.
Causing the coffee machine breakdown had to stay at a hotel overnight in Greenland; the next day the plane departed for Chicago. "
- The capital city of Bulgaria opened a new museum
"The children-oriented museum invites them to explore the environmental world in a game style.
The so-called “Museiko” museum has been located at the kids’ centre in Sofia. Young explorers are able to go back to the past and gasp the meteorites dropped on our planet. There are also a lot of entertainment activities for kids: they will be offered to look at the world through the frog’s eyes, try their hands in archeology and construction, and puzzle out the nature mysteries and many other things.
At different levels of the museum children and parents are able to find themselves at various time spaces, which are the past, the present and the future. They will not only get the idea of the all possible opportunities in different scientific fields, but also will be able to play games on anxiety development and love to the activities in creativity. Besides this, different accelerated learning techniques will be used while working with young visitors. "