Grenada Facts

  • Country Name: Grenada
  • Continent: North America
  • Capital city: Saint George’s
  • Primary Language: English
  • Population: 112,003 (as of 2019)
  • Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar
  • GDP: 1.211B

An island country in the Caribbean Sea’s West Indies, Grenada is home to several other small and medium-sized islands. Grenada itself isn’t a huge island but spans an area of 348.5 square kilometers. Its last estimated population is approximately 112,523 as of July 2020. 

Grenada is also famous as the “Island of Spice” due to its vast nutmeg and mace crop production capabilities. It got its independence on 7 February 1974 under the leadership of Eric Gairy. If these facts about Grenada seem interesting to you, continue reading to know more about this beautiful Caribbean island.

78 Grenada facts for kids

  1. Grenada is a famous island country in the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea.

  2. Grenada is also famous as the “Island of Spice” due to its vast nutmeg and mace crops production capabilities.
  3. It spans over an area of 348.5 square kilometers.
  4. Its last estimated population is approximately 112,523 as of July 2020.
  5. Its capital is St. George’s.
  6. English is the official language of Grenada.
  7. Grenadian Creole English and Grenadian Creole French are the two unofficial languages of Grenada.
  8. It got its independence from the United Kingdom on 7 February 1974.
  9. The island is the southernmost island in the Antilles archipelago.The capital city of Wyoming is Cheyenne.
  10. Grenada is of volcanic origin.
  11. Its highest point is Mount St. Catherine. It’s rising to almost 840 m (2,760 feet) above sea level.
  12. It houses four ecoregions: Windward Islands moist forests, the Leeward Islands dry forests, the Windward Islands dry forests, and Windward Islands xeric scrub.
  13. Grenada has a tropical climate. It gets hot and humid in the dry season and cools by the moderate rainfall during monsoon.
  14. Grenada has gone through three hurricanes in fifty years.
  15. The most recent storm to hit Grenada was Hurricane Ivan on 7 September 2004.
  16. Grenada is widely known as depauperate of large animals.
  17. Its Parliament consists of a Senate (13 members) and a House of Representatives (15 members).
  18. It is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
  19. Grenada has no standing military.
  20. Being a small island country, it has a small economy. Of all contributors, tourism is the primary foreign exchange earner.
  21. Besides spices, the other significant exports of Grenada include bananas, cocoa, fruit and vegetables, clothing, chocolate, and fish.
  22. Tourism is the mainstay of Grenada’s economy.
  23. It is home to several beaches along its coastline.
  24. The Grand Anse Beach in St. George’s is often regarded as one of the best beaches in the world.
  25. Its waterfalls are also popular among tourists.
  26. The education system in Grenada consists of kindergarten, pre-primary school, primary school, secondary school, and tertiary education.
  27. Its government prioritizes education by spending 10.3% of its budget on the sector, which is also the third-highest in the world.
  28. The Maurice Bishop International Airport is Grenada’s main airport. It connects Grenada to other Caribbean islands, the United States, Canada, and Europe.
  29. A majority of Grenadians (around 82%) are offsprings of the enslaved Africans.
  30. In Grenada, the indigenous languages were Iñeri and Karina.
  31. African roots heavily influence the island culture.
  32. The island country has competed in every Summer Olympics since the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
  33. Greatly popularized, cricket is the national sport of the island country, Grenada.
  34. It’s a small island country consisting of 1 large island and 6 smaller islands in the Caribbean.
  35. Grenada has stunning beaches, lush forests, and renowned underwater beauty.
  36. Christopher Columbus first discovered this island in 1498, and he named it Concepcion.
  37. After some time, some other travelers visited the island and named it Mayo.
  38. It was only after the British took over the island that it was named Grenada.
  39. Grenada houses one of the world’s first underwater sculpture parks.
  40. Nutmeg is of high importance in Grenada as it also appears in a field of green to the left of the island’s flag’s center.
  41. The Moliniere underwater sculpture park features over 65 human sculptures.
  42. Grenada generates many spices and therefore is also called “The Island of Spice.”
  43. Of all the different spices, nutmeg accounts for one of the major exports of the country.
  44. No civilian in Grenada can wear camouflage in any form since it’s reserved for the army only.
  45. The island country has only three traffic lights.
  46. Hurricane Ivan destroyed or damaged 90% of the houses in September 2004.
  47. The Grenada dove is the national bird of the island country. Additionally, it’s also endemic to the island.
  48. The Grand Etang Lake in Grenada is asserted to be a bottomless lake. So far, nobody has been successful in finding its bottom with SONAR.
  49. Although more than half of the island is covered with forests, there are no venomous snakes in the country.
  50. The military of Grenada is trained in other countries due to its limited military budget.
  51. The River Antoine Rum Distillery is the oldest functioning distillery on the Caribbean island.
  52. Grand Anse is the loveliest sandy beach.
  53. It was a part of the Federation of the West Indies from 1958 to 1962.
  54. Grenada got its name from the Spanish city of Granada, meaning “pomegranate.”
  55. This island country was earlier named “Concepcion” by Christopher Columbus in 1498.
  56. Oildown is the national meal of Grenada. It’s cooked in coconut milk until it is completely absorbed.
  57. The civilians of Grenada are called Grenadians.
  58. The people in Grenada are often affected by the Zika virus.
  59. The first-ever international airport in Grenada was constructed in 1985.
  60. It’s one of the smallest independent countries or islands in the Western Hemisphere.
  61. If you wish to live in Grenada, remember that salutations are essential to Grenada’s daily etiquette.
  62. The USA is a significant trade partner of Grenada.
  63. The date of the invasion by the USA is celebrated as a national holiday in Grenada. It’s called “Thanksgiving Day.”
  64. Mount Saint Catherine is considered the highest point in Grenada, with an altitude of 840 m.
  65. Grenada has a coastline of 121 km.
  66. Carnival, a festival in Grenada celebrated in August, is the most important national holiday.
  67. There is no US embassy in Grenada.
  68. The literacy rate in Grenada is 98.6%.
  69. Out of all religions followed in Grenada, Christianity is the major one.
  70. Grenada shares no land borders with other countries being island nations.
  71. The life expectancy in Grenada is around 75.2 years.
  72. The Caribbean Sea (0 m) is the lowest point in Grenada.
  73. Grenada’s national colors are red, yellow, and green.
  74. The island country is home to all three types of cocoa grown in the world.
  75. The economy of Grenada is also supported by lucrative tuna fish catching.
  76. Leatherback turtles are commonly found on the beaches in Grenada. If you don’t know, these are the largest living species of reptiles.
  77. The nutmeg trees reach total production twenty years after planting.
  78. There is a famous beach in Grenada called “Magazine Beach.”

Conclusion

No matter how tiny Grenada is, it’s home to some of the finest beaches, parks, airports, and flora & fauna. Furthermore, the island is on its way towards development, with major developmental projects coming up there by investors.