St. Kitts and Nevis, also known in the country’s constitution as Saint Christopher and Nevis, has been independent since 1983 and forms part of the Lesser Antilles, which is a group of islands located 2,000 km to the southeast of Miami. The Federation comprises two islands, Nevis and St. Kitts, and the truly appropriate slogan of the local tourism authority is: “Two islands, one paradise”.
The Federation is a member of the United Nations (UN), the British Commonwealth, of the Organization of American States (OAS), CARICOM and various other international organizations. The headquarters of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank is located St. Kitts and maintains the stability of the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (ECD), the national currency of most Eastern Caribbean countries, which is tied to the USA dollar. The head of state is the Queen of England, as St. Kitts and Nevis is a well-functioning democracy based on the British parliamentary system and H.E Minister Timothy Harris is the current Prime Minister.