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People, Languages & Religions in St Lucia


Most of the population of St Lucia is of African descent (81% of the population). There is also a significant racially mixed minority representing 11.9%, with Indo-Caribbean or Indian groups at 2.4%, and a small ethnic European minority (descendants of French and British colonists). Members of other or unspecified ethnicity groups account for 3.1%. There are small numbers of Irish, Greeks, Lebanese, Syrians, Italians, Chinese, North Americans, Portuguese, Germans. Arawak-Carib Amerindian groups account for 1.6%.


The official language is English, but an Antillean Creole, which is based on French, is spoken by 80% of the population. Antillean Creole is increasingly used in literature and music, and is gaining official recognition. It evolved from French, African languages and Carib. St Lucia is a member of La Francophonie.


About 70% of the population is Roman Catholic, influenced from the days of French Catholic rule. Most of the rest belong to other Christian denominations, including Seventh-day Adventist (7%), Pentecostal (6%), Anglican (2%), Evangelical Christianity (2%), and the Baptist faith; in addition, about 2% of the population adheres to the Rastafari movement. There are small communities of Baha'is, Hindus and Muslims. The constitution guarantees freedom of religion.





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