Parishes of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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ISO 3166-2 Newsletter I-8, published on 2007-04-17, has new ISO parish codes for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. They are shown in the table below. They replace codes from a draft version, ISO/DIS 2166-2, which had not been supported.

Country overview: 

ISO codeVC
LanguageEnglish (en)
Time zone-4


Saint Vincent was a British colony until it became independent on 1979-10-27, taking its present name.

Other names of country: 

  1. Danish: Saint Vincent og Grenadinerne
  2. Dutch: Sint Vincent, Saint Vincent en de Grenadines
  3. Finnish: Saint Vincent ja Grenadiinit
  4. French: Saint-Vincent-et-Grenadines, Saint-Vincent-et-les Grenadines
  5. German: Sankt Vincent und die Grenadinen n
  6. Icelandic: Sankti Vinsent og Grenadíneyjar
  7. Italian: Saint Vincent e Grenadine
  8. Norwegian: Saint Vincent og Grenadinene (Bokmål), Saint Vincent og Grenadinane (Nynorsk)
  9. Portuguese: São Vincente e Granadinas, São Vicente e Granadinas
  10. Russian: Сент-Винсент и Гренадины
  11. Spanish: San Vicente y las Granadinas fp
  12. Swedish: Saint Vincent och Grenadinerna
  13. Turkish: Saint Vincent ve Grenadinler

Origin of name: 

Saint Vincent named for the saint; Grenadines is an island group, named for its largest island, Grenada (which is a separate country)

Primary subdivisions: 

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is divided into six parishes.

GrenadinesVC.GT06VC069,2004316Port Elizabeth
Saint AndrewVC.AN02VC026,7002911Layou
Saint DavidVC.DA03VC036,7008031Chateaubelair
Saint GeorgeVC.GE04VC0451,4005220Kingstown
Saint PatrickVC.PA05VC055,8003714Barrouallie
6 parishes117,800389150
  • HASC: Hierarchical administrative subdivision codes.
  • ISO: Codes from ISO 3166-2.
  • FIPS: Codes from FIPS PUB 10-4.
  • Population: 2000 estimates. Population and area figures provided by Karem
  • Capital: Not official. This column shows a chief town in each parish.

Territorial extent: 

All of the parishes except Grenadines are mostly or entirely on Saint Vincent island.

  1. Charlotte includes the Cow and Calves, rocks off the north shore of Saint Vincent.
  2. Grenadines includes the northern Grenadine Islands, from Petit Saint Vincent in the south to Bequia in the north. The largest islands are Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, and Union.
  3. Saint George includes the offshore islets Milligan Cay and Young Island.

The UN LOCODE page  for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines lists locations in the country, some of them with their latitudes and longitudes, some with their ISO 3166-2 codes for their subdivisions. This information can be put together to approximate the territorial extent of subdivisions.

Population history:

The census reports I found (sources [1], [2]) report populations by census division and not by parish. Using these figures, it is possible to give exact populations for Grenadines and Saint David, but not the other parishes.

Census Division1970-04-071980-05-121991-05-122001-05-14Parishes
Kingstown Suburbs6,2138,60910,75712,508GE, AN
Kingstown17,11716,53215,46613,212GE, AN
Layou5,1765,5105,9936,303PA, AN
Marriaqua7,6418,4088,8648,145CH, GE
Northern Grenadines4,0124,7405,5145,389GT
Sandy Bay2,5172,8672,7932,716CH
Southern Grenadines2,3262,5052,8533,226GT
  • Parishes: HASC-based abbreviation for parish(es)
    overlapping the census division.


  1. [1] Population and Housing Census Report 2001 . Statistical Office, Kingstown (retrieved 2013-12-21).
  2. [2] 1979 Demographic Yearbook , 31st Ed. Statistical Office, United Nations, New York, 1980 (retrieved 2011-12-28).
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