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Destination Barbados, a virtual travel guide to the easternmost Caribbean island. This page aims to give you a broad overview of Barbados's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this Caribbean island nation, e.g.: official web sites of Barbados, addresses of Barbados and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Barbados.

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Barbados

Country Profile


Flag of Barbados
Flag of Barbados

Background:
The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. Slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.

close to Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela

related countries: UK
 
where in the Caribbean is Barbados

Official Name:
Barbados

ISO Country Code: bb

Time:
Local Time = UTC -4h
Actual Time: Sat-Oct-25  14:14

Country Calling Code: +1 246

Capital City: Bridgetown

Government:
Type: Parliamentary democracy; independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth.
Head of State: Queen Elizabeth II represented by a Governor General.
Independence: 30 November 1966 (from the UK)

Geography:
Location: Caribbean, island in the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela
Area: 431 sq. km. (166 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Generally flat, hilly in the interior.

Climate: Tropical; rainy season (July to November).

People:
Nationality: Barbadian(s); informally "Bajan(s)."
Population: 273,000 (2010 UN estimate)
GNI per capita PPP: $ 17 170 (year)
Ethnic groups: Black 90%, White 4%, Asian or mixed 6%.
Religions: Protestant 67%, Roman Catholic 4%, none 17%, other 12%.
Language: English.
Literacy: 99,7%

Natural resources: Petroleum, fish, natural gas.

Agriculture products: Sugarcane, vegetables, cotton.

Industries: Tourism, sugar, financial services, information services, light manufacturing, component assembly for export.

Major trading partners: Caribbean Community (CARICOM), UK, USA

Exports partners: USA 20.6%, UK 14.5%, Trinidad and Tobago 13.9%, Saint Lucia 6.9%, Jamaica 6.6%, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 5.1% (2004)

Imports partners: USA 35.2%, Trinidad and Tobago 20%, UK 5.6%, Japan 4.3% (2004)

Currency: Barbadian Dollar (BBD)


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Official Sites of Barbados

Government of Barbados
Official Site of the Government of Barbados.

Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS)
Website of the official communications arm of the Barbados Government.

Parliament of Barbados
Official Site of Barbados' Parliamnet with information on the Senate and the House of Assembly.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade with its overseas missions.


Statistics
Barbados Statistical Service
Website of Barbados Statistical Service.



Maps
Map of Barbados
Shaded relief map of Barbados.
Google Earth Google Earth map Barbados
Searchable map and satellite view of Barbados.
Google Earth Google Earth map Bridgetown
Searchable map and satellite view of Barbados's capital city.

Map of Central America and the Caribbean
Reference Map of Central America and the Caribbean. 
 

Barbados News

Barbados Advocate
Barbados daily.

The Nation Newspaper
Daily news.

Barbados Today
Barbados news.

Caribbean News Agency (Cana)
News and information from the English-speaking Caribbean.

Radio
Voice of Barbados Radio
With Barbados and Caribbean News.
 

 

Arts & Culture

BarbadosForum
A "Telling-It-Like-It-Is" a public informational medium and a Bajan Chatroom.
Bajans on the Web
This is the place for Bajans, either in Bim or out, to find each other online.
Barbados Gospelfest
Barbadian Gospel Music Festival with international and regional acts.
Barbados MusicEvents
Page about the Barbadian music events.
Crop Over Festival
Barbados' most popular and colourful five-week summer festival.

Rihanna
Website of the Barbadian recording artist.
 

 

Business & Economy

Ministry of Commerce and Trade
The official site of the ministry.

Central Bank of Barbados
Premier financial institution in the country.

Barbados Investment and Development Corporation
Promoting Barbados as the ideal location in which to invest and do business.
Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry
For sustainable economic progress for all Barbadians.

Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA)
Official website of the non-profit trade association.

Transportation
Barbados Airport Authority
Grantley Adams International Airport.
Barbados Transport Board
Public transportation in Barbados.
Barbados Port Authority
All about marine, cargo, passenger handling and other related services.
 
 

Destination Barbados - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Barbados: Bridgetown, St James, Christ Church, St. Joseph, St. Peter, St. Philip: Crop Over Festival, Soca Music, St. Lucy, Harrison's Cave, Morgan Lewis Mill, Cannon Galore, North Coast, Sourth Coast, St. Lawrence Gap, East Coast, West Coast.

Visit Barbados
Official Barbados travel and tourism website.

Barbados Ministry of Tourism
With information about the ministry and tourism in Barbados.

Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia
Barbados visitor's guide.
Barbados Photo Gallery
Barbados photos: beaches, sunsets, flowers and more.
Bajan.org
The Official Unofficial Guide to Barbados!
Fun Barbados
All about Barbados... The Fun Barbados Travel Guide!
Sporting Barbados
Barbados Sports Tourism.
Totally Barbados
Barbados Island Guide.
Virtual Barbados
A nice guide to the jewel of the West Indies.
 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Education

Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Barbados
Official website of the ministry.
Queens College
Official Website of Queen's College of Barbados.
University of the West Indies
The Cave Hill Campus Barbados.
 
 

Environment

Coastal Zone Management Unit of Barbados
Managing the coastline.

The National Conservation Commission (NCC)
To conserve the natural beauty, topographic features, historic buildings, sites and monuments of Barbados.

Natural Heritage Department
The department has big plans for Barbados' sustainability.
 
 

History

History
Brief article about Barbados' History by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados.
History of Barbados
Comprehensive information about the history of Barbados.
The History of Barbados
Outline of Barbados' History.
Slavery and Economy in Barbados
BBC article about the Slave Life in Barbados in the 18th and 19th Centuries.
 
 

Search

the Barbados Web Directory
Index of Bajan web sites.
Caribbean Travel Forum: Barbados
Site with links and travel information for Barbados.


Additional Information on Barbados

BBC News Country Profile: Barbados
Governments on the WWW: Barbados
LANIC: Barbados
Open Directory Project: Barbados
Wikipedia: Barbados
The World Factbook -- Barbados
 
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