Grenada is a small island nation in the Caribbean Sea. It is known as the Spice Island, and this is symbolized by the nutmeg on the left side of the flag.
Capital: St. George’s
Official language: English
Currency: East Caribbean dollar
Passport and visa: A Finnish citizen can travel to the country with a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from arrival.
Time difference to Finland: -6 hours, summer time is not used.
Climate: Grenada has a tropical climate. The average daily temperature is about 25 degrees in January-February and 31 degrees in July-August. The rainy season is from July to December, when trade winds bring unstable air, and the dry season is from January to June. Grenada is located south of the most common hurricane route.
Agriculture and fishing
The importance of agriculture to the economy has decreased since Hurricane Ivan destroyed large areas of cultivation in September 2004. Nutmeg is the most important export commodity. But still, by the middle of the 2010s, the nutmegs gave only a fifth of what they brought in 2004.
- CountryAAH: Comprehensive import regulations of Grenada. Covers import prohibitions and special documentation requirements for a list of prohibited items.
Grenada has long been one of the world’s largest nutmeg producers. It is not only the nuts themselves and the red casing, the nutmeg flower, that are used, but also oil and syrup are extracted. Between 1995 and 2000, revenue from nutmeg exports quadrupled. This was partly due to a growing production of nutmeg and partly to rising world market prices for the spice. But since Hurricane Ivan in 2004 destroyed more than 70 percent of the nutmeg trees, the recovery has been slow and production was expected to be below the 2004 level for the foreseeable future. A nutmeg tree must grow for 10–15 years before it is ripe to yield.
Bananas and cocoa are other important agricultural products, but this production has long been facing major problems. The quality has been poor and productivity low due to insect infestation, extreme weather conditions and poor organization.
Fish is an important export product and efforts are underway to develop shrimp cultivation. For Grenada defense and foreign policy, please check themotorcyclers.
FACTS – AGRICULTURE
Agriculture’s share of GDP
4.9 percent (2018)
Percentage of land used for agriculture
23.5 percent (2016)
- Abbreviationfinder.org: Offers how the 3-letter acronym of GRD stands for the state of Grenada in geography.