Nevis is located 17.16° North and 62.58° West in the Caribbean’s archipelago. With an area of a mere 36 square miles, divided into five parishes, and a population of approximately 13, 000 people, Nevis forms part of the island Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis – the smallest independent state in the Americas.
Nevis is the smaller of the two islands with one mountain at the center of the island measuring approximately 3,232 feet. Nevis is separated from St. Kitts by only two miles of water called ‘The Narrows’.
The island has a stable economy that fosters growth, development and profitability. At present, the largest revenue generating industry is tourism, but the offshore and financial services sectors are rapidly growing and lucrative industries.
St. Kitts and Nevis also boasts a Citizenship by Investment Program which started in 1984 – the oldest economic citizenship program in the Caribbean. There is no residency requirement to qualify for citizenship and the St. Kitts and Nevis passport affords the holder visa-free travel to hundreds of countries and territories worldwide including the United Kingdom and the Schengen Area Member States in Europe.
The legal system in Nevis is based on the English Common Law. Nevis has its own resident judge who presides over both civil and criminal matters in the Nevis Circuit of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. Decisions of the High Court may be appealed to the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal which is an itinerant Court. The final appeal court in St. Kitts and Nevis is the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council which is based in London, England.
As a member of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) the official currency of St Kitts and Nevis is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar but the United States Dollar is widely used and accepted. Additionally, there are no restrictions on foreign exchange transactions on the islands.