Last updated on March 31st, 2020
About Grenada’s economy
24. The United States of America is a major trade partner of Grenada. The majority of Grenada’s goods are imported from the U.S.
25. Due to a limited military budget, Grenadian law enforcement officers are trained in other countries to gain military proficiency.
26. Cuba and the U.K actively participate in providing scholarships and exchange programs for the students of Grenada.
27. Grenada is also home to all three types of cocoa in the world. Grenada’s House of Chocolates is the place where you can taste different types of cocoa. It is located in the capital city – St. George.
28. A ship, while traveling to England from the East Indies, left some nutmeg trees on the island, which marked the beginning of Grenada’s nutmeg industry. Today, the country supplies almost 40% of the world’s annual crop.
29. The small island country also supports its economy by lucrative tuna fish catching, which is done by its people with the help of just 85 boats. They catch tuna fish worth millions of dollars every year. However, the lucrative business is not without issues, as sometimes the boats are also looted by pirates or other unknown people from across the sea.
Did you know?
30. Invasion of Grenada: did you know that in 1983, the U.S. invaded Grenada? Starting with 2000 troops, nearly 6,000 were sent to the island. By the time the invasion ended, 20 U.S. and 60 Cuban and Grenadian troops were killed in the encounter. However, the U.S. claimed victory within weeks. The invasion was codenamed “Operation Urgent Fury,” and was carried out under the presidency of Ronald Wilson Reagan.
31. Interestingly, the date of the invasion is now celebrated as a national holiday in Grenada, called Thanksgiving Day.
32. 411 pairs of shoes were given to the people of Grenada by a U.S. based Grenadian. He took the initiative to help people from his home country and to encourage other people to follow suit. The important move was made by a Mt. Moritz-based hairstylist.
33. Leatherback turtles – the largest living species of reptile, dating back to the era of dinosaurs – can be seen on the beaches of Grenada. Levera Beach is home to Grenada’s largest Leatherback nesting population. There are only 35,000 female Leatherback turtles left in the world. And they are critically endangered. Only one in 1,000 of their hatchlings can survive to adulthood.
34. Compressed marijuana worth 665,000 USD was seized from a group of five men in April, 2016. All of the men have been sent to jail for different terms. The boat carrying the illicit drug was intercepted when it stopped at St. Vincent.
35. Did you know that Grenada is also the name of a city in Grenada County, Mississippi, in the United States?
36. There is a beach called “Magazine Beach” in Grenada.
37. Grenada is an island nation that is almost half covered with forests, yet it does not have any species of venomous snakes. Yes, that is true!
38. Nutmeg is the only tropical fruit that is the source of two different spices, obtained from different parts of the plant. Nutmeg is the seed of the tree, while mace is the dried “lacy” reddish covering or aril of the seed. The trees reach full production twenty years after planting.
39. The island is also one of the world’s largest exporters of these crops. If you look closely at the country’s flag, Nutmeg also appears in a field of green to the left of the flag’s center.
Grenada facts for kids
40. Mount Saint Catherine (840 m) is the highest point in Grenada.
41. The island country has a coastline of 121 km.
42. There is a lake in Grenada, Grand Etang, which is said to be a bottomless lake because nobody has been able to find its bottom with SONAR. Actually, the lake was formed over a dormant volcano, and it has become a popular tourist attraction.
43. Carnival is the most important holiday of the island nation. It is now celebrated during the second week of August. The country also has some other holidays, as well, including: Boxing Day (December 26), Thanksgiving (October 25) and Fisherman’s Day (June 29), etc.
44. The U.S. does not have an embassy in Grenada.
Grenada – country at a glance
|Independence||7 February 1974 (from the UK)|
|Capital City||St. George's|
|Largest City||St. George's|
|Total area||344 sq km|
|Population||113,094 (July 2020 est.)|
|Languages spoken||English (Official) and French patois|
|Suffrage||18 years of age; universal|
|Borders||Island nation (no land borders with other countries)|
|Currency||Eastern Caribbean dollars (XCD)|
|Life expectancy at birth||75.2 years (2020)|
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
|Climate||tropical; tempered by northeast trade winds|
|Terrain||volcanic in origin with central mountains|
|Lowest point||Caribbean Sea 0 m|
|Highest point||Mount Saint Catherine 840 m|
|Natural resources||timber, tropical fruit, deepwater harbors|
|Government type||parliamentary democracy (Parliament); a Commonwealth realm|
|Prime Minister||Keith Mitchell|
|Birth rate||14.6 births/1,000 population (2020 est.)|
|Death rate||8.3 deaths/1,000 population (2020 est.)|
|Sex ratio||1.02 male(s)/female (2020 est.)|
|National colors||red, yellow, green|
|National symbol||Grenada dove, Bougainvillea flower|
|National anthem||"Hail Grenada"|
|National day||Independence Day, 7 February (1974)|
|Industries||food and beverages, textiles, light assembly operations, tourism, construction|
|Exports||$39.9 million (2017 est.)|
nutmeg, bananas, cocoa, fruit and vegetables, clothing, mace
|Imports||$316 million (2017 est.)|
food, manufactured goods, machinery, chemicals, fuel
|GDP - per capita (PPP)||$15,100 (2017 est.)|
|Internet country code||.gd|
|Drives on the||Left|
|Table last updated||March 30, 2020|