People in Kingstowne, St Vincent and the Grenadines. Editorial credit: Chris Allan /

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a parliamentary democracy that holds regular elections, though aspects of the most recent legislative polls have been disputed in court by the opposition. While civil liberties are generally upheld, journalists face the possibility of criminal defamation charges, and same-sex sexual conduct remains illegal. Violent crime is a growing concern.

An opposition demonstrator plays the violin during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. Credit: FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images.

Freedom in the World — St. Vincent and the Grenadines Country Report

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is rated Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.