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Saint Lucia: Top 10 facts about the Caribbean island

BEAUTY: Saint Lucia

1. St Lucia is the only country in the world named after a woman.

2. The island of Saint Lucia was given its name by French colonisers in the 17th century

3. Despite a population of only 176,000, Saint Lucians have won two Nobel Prizes: Arthur Lewis (economics) and Derek Walcott (literature)

4. The national bird is the St Lucia Parrot, or Jacquot, which is native only to Saint Lucia

5. The national dish of St Lucia is figvét é lanmowi (green figs and saltfish)

6. Covering 238.23 square miles, Saint Lucia is three and a half times the size of Washington, DC. The island is 27 miles long and 14 miles across at its widest point

7. While English is the official language of Saint Lucia, Saint Lucian Creole French (Kwéyòl) or Patois (“Patwa”) is spoken by 95 percent of the population

8. The island is home to fried or baked dough referred to as ‘Johnny Cake’ and often served with salt fish sauteed with peppers and onions.

9. The closest islands neighbouring St Lucia are St Vincent to the south, and Martinique, to the north

10. St Lucia is the second largest of the Windward Islands located in the eastern Caribbean Sea

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