Saint Lucia is a small island state in America member of the CARICOM and the Commonwealth. It is located in the Caribbean Sea, north of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and south of the island of Martinique. The island has a population of 185,000 inhabitants.
Its official languages are English, although 90% of its population speak a French-based Creole.
Its official legal tender currency is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD), which has a fixed exchange rate with the dollar at 2.7: 1.
St. Lucia is an independent country but maintains the monarch of the United Kingdom as its sovereign and head of state, who in turn appoints a Governor General to perform the duties that would correspond to the monarch, which are usually merely symbolic.
The head of the Government is the Prime Minister, who is the president of the party that obtains the most votes in the legislative elections.
Traditionally, the economy of Santa Lucia was based mainly on the cultivation of bananas. Currently, Tourism is the sector that most contributes to the economy, it tends to be more important during the dry season (from January to April). Saint Lucia tends to be popular due to its tropical climate, its landscapes and its large number of beaches and resorts.
Since the enactment of its International Business Companies Act in 1999, Saint Lucia has developed a robust financial centre, currently offering financial services such as offshore trusts, mutual funds, insurance and offshore banking.
Saint Lucia also offers a citizenship by investment program, in which foreigners can obtain citizenship by investing in real estate, government bonds or a business, or making a donation to a government fund.