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As in other parts of the Caribbean, music plays an important role in cultural life. Festivals occur throughout the year and are characterized by costume parades, street parties, dance and music.

The calypse music, with elements of African and French music traditions, is popular. The lyrics are often improvised with elements of political and social satire. Soca is a faster and more dance-oriented version of calypso.

  • Countryaah: Latest population statistics of St. Vincent and The Grenadines, including religious profiles and major languages spoken as well as population growth rates in next three decades.

The Grenadines are associated with sailing and on the island of Bequia, a regatta with race sailing is held every year for several days.

Mass Media

Freedom of the press prevails in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the media has an independent position.

There is harassment of media representatives from the government, mainly in connection with elections. Risk of prosecution for defamation leads to a certain self-censorship.

There is a daily newspaper, The Herald, and a few weekly newspapers. The only TV station, SVG Television, is privately owned. Most radio channels are also private, but a station is partly owned by the state.

More than half of the residents use the internet.

Culture of St. VincentFACTS - MASS MEDIA

Percentage of the population using the internet

22 percent (2018)

Number of mobile subscriptions per 100 residents

96 (2018)


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