This country consists of the island of Grenada and six smaller islands at the southernmost end of the Lesser Antilles.
Grenada is also known as the ‘island of spice’, because it produces nutmeg and mace.
The island is volcanic in origin. In 2004, after being hurricane-free for 49 years, the island was hit by Hurricane Ivan, destroying 90% of the island's homes.
St. George’s, the island’s capital, has a natural harbour. The waterfront is known as the Carenage, because island schooners were careened here (beached for cleaning or repair).
Farming and tourism are important sectors of the economy. Fishing and agriculturally based industries are also significant.
The national bird of Grenada is the critically endangered Grenada Dove, which is endemic to the island.
Kirani James won Grenada’s first Olympic medal. He took home Gold after winning the Men’s 400m at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Grenada joined the Commonwealth in 1974.
It attended all three Commonwealth Games in the 1970s and returned in 1998. At the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, Alleyne Francique won Silver in the Men's 400m. The Grenada team participated at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games in Athletics, Boxing and Swimming.