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Geography
The Caribbean country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines belongs to a group of islands known as the Windward Islands, to the north of Trinidad and Tobago. It is between St Lucia and Grenada.

Kingstown is a port and the capital of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The terrain of St Vincent is mountainous. The climate is tropical. The rainy season is from May to November.

Environment
St Vincent is a volcanic island with Soufriere, an active volcano, its highest point. Tropical rainforest and banana plantations cover much of the island.

Nature reserves include Vermont Nature Trails in the Buccament Valley and Tobago Cays Marine Park.

Architecture
A number of nineteenth century Colonial-style churches and cathedrals can be seen in Kingstown.

St Mary's, the Catholic Cathedral, is built in various architectural styles including Romanesque and Moorish architecture.

In contrast to St Mary's dark volcanic stone, St George's, the Anglican Cathedral, is a white Georgian building. The Cathedral features a stained glass window known as the Red Angel, so called as the angel in the window is dressed in red robes.

Other British Colonial architecture includes Fort Charlotte, to the west of the town, built at the beginning of the nineteenth century.

Population
The population of St Vincent and the Grenadines was estimated at 103,869 in 2011.

Languages
English is the official language. Creole (Vincy English) is also spoken.

Religion
The majority of the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines are Christians.

Food
Food in St Vincent and the Grenadines is hot and spicy. Meat stews and curries are popular and fish and shellfish are part of the diet. Fish is pickled and salted. Vegetables include cassava, sweet potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, onions and breadfruit.

A popular Caribbean dish eaten in St Vincent and the Grenadines is callaloo, a stew made with spinach or dasheen leaves and coconut milk.

Arrowroot is grown in St Vincent and used in recipes to thicken sauces such as custard.

Fruits include bananas, citrus fruits, mangoes, papayas and passion fruit.

Local tea, coffee and fresh fruit juices are available; alcoholic drinks, such as beer and rum, are brewed locally.

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