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Destination Barbados, an island in the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean, northeast of Venezuela, to the east of Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Today it is an independent British Commonwealth nation.
Location map of Barbados
British settlers had been on the island since 1627; its main town, Bridgetown, was a large, bustling trade city, and the colony had become the largest and wealthiest of all the English colonies, surpassing Virginia and Massachusetts.
The island is covering an area of 432 km² (167 sq mi), it is slightly smaller than Andorra or about 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC.
290,000 people (2016 est.) live on the island, making it the most densely populated country in the eastern Caribbean. Official language is English, recognized regional language is Bajan (Bajan Dialect).
This page aims to give you a broad overview of Barbados's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
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.
Barbados is close to Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela
related countries: UK
ISO Country Code: bb
Local Time = UTC -4h
Actual Time: Sat-Dec-10 14:29
Country Calling Code: +1 246
Capital City: Bridgetown
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)
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).
Nationality: Barbadian(s); informally "Bajan(s)."
Population: 290,000 (2016 estimated)
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%.
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 - commodities: manufactures, sugar, molasses, rum, other foodstuffs and beverages, chemicals, electrical components.
Exports partners: Trinidad and Tobago 22.5%, US 11.8%, St. Lucia 9.2%, St. Vincent and the Grenadines 5.7%, Antigua and Barbuda 4.7%, St. Kitts and Nevis 4.4%, Guyana 4.2% (2015)
Imports - commodities: consumer goods, machinery, foodstuffs, construction materials, chemicals, fuel, electrical components.
Imports partners: Trinidad and Tobago 39%, US 31.1% (2015)
Currency: Barbadian Dollar (BBD)
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Official Sites of BarbadosGovernment 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.
Barbados Statistical Service
Website of Barbados Statistical Service.
Map of Barbados
Shaded relief map of Barbados.
Google Earth map Barbados
Searchable map and satellite view of Barbados.
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.
The Nation Newspaper
Caribbean News Agency (Cana)
News and information from the English-speaking Caribbean.
Voice of Barbados Radio
With Barbados and Caribbean News.
Bookmark/share this page
Arts & CultureBarbadosForum
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.
Barbadian Gospel Music Festival with international and regional acts.
Page about the Barbadian music events.
Crop Over Festival
Barbados' most popular and colourful five-week summer festival.
Website of the Barbadian recording artist.
Business & EconomyMinistry 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.
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.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Destination Barbados - Travel and Tour GuidesDiscover 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.
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.
The Official Unofficial Guide to Barbados!
All about Barbados... The Fun Barbados Travel Guide!
Barbados Sports Tourism.
Barbados Island Guide.
A nice guide to the jewel of the West Indies.
EducationMinistry of Education and Human Resource Development, Barbados
Official website of the ministry.
Official Website of Queen's College of Barbados.
University of the West Indies
The Cave Hill Campus Barbados.
Environment & NatureCoastal 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.
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.
Caribbean Travel Forum: Barbados
Site with links and travel information for Barbados.
Additional Information on BarbadosBBC News Country Profile: Barbados
Open Directory Project: Barbados
The World Factbook -- Barbados
Other Countries and Territories in the Caribbean
Anguilla | Antigua and Barbuda | Aruba | Bahamas | British Virgin Islands | Cuba | Dominica
Dominican Republic | Grenada | Guadeloupe | Haiti | Jamaica | Martinique | Montserrat | Netherlands Antilles
Puerto Rico | Saint Kitts and Nevis | Saint Lucia | Saint Vincent and the Grenadines |
Trinidad and Tobago | U.S. Virgin Islands
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