Saint Kitts Business, Taxation and Offshore Information
Saint Kitts and Nevis are islands in the Caribbean Sea, total 261 sq km in area, population 50,700. The climate is tropical, tempered by constant sea breezes and there is little seasonal temperature variation. There can be hurricanes.
The capital is Basseterre, on Saint Kitts. Bradshaw International Airport, near Basseterre, can handle large jets. There are now direct flights from New York, Philadelphia, Miami and London.
Saint Kitts became Britain's first colony in the West Indies with the founding of a settlement in 1623. The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis finally attained full political independence within the Commonwealth in 1983 and, in order to relieve the anxiety of Nevisians, Nevis acquired autonomy within the Federation, together with its own Legislature and Cabinet. In 1998, a vote in Nevis on a referendum to separate from Saint Kitts fell short of the two-thirds majority needed. Unlike most other English speaking Caribbean jurisdictions, Saint Kitts and Nevis is neither a dependency, nor a crown colony of Britain, which means that it is not subject to the EU's Savings Tax Directive. More »