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Countries of the World: Barbados
Resources about Barbados including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Barbados GDP (2008): $3.682 billion. GDP growth rate (2008): 0.7%. Per capita GDP (2008 est.): $19,100. Inflation (2007): 5.5%. Natural resources: Petroleum, fish, quarrying, natural gas. Agriculture: Sugar accounts for less than 1% of GDP and 80% of arable land. Manufacturing and construction: Food, beverages, infrastructure, electronic components, textiles, paper, chemicals. Services: Tourism, banking and other financial services, and data processing. Trade (2005): Exports--$359 million (merchandise) and $1.41 billion (commercial services). Major markets--United States (13.4%), European Union (12.4%), Trinidad and Tobago (10.8%), St. Lucia (6.1%), and Jamaica (5%). Imports--$1.6 billion (merchandise) and $636 million (commercial services). Major suppliers--United States (35.9%), Trinidad and Tobago (21.2%), European Union (13.3%), Japan (7.6%), and Canada (3.4%). Official exchange rate: BDS$2 = U.S. $1.

Geography of Barbados Area: 431 sq. km. (166 sq. mi.); about three times the size of Washington, DC. Cities: Capital--Bridgetown. Terrain: Generally flat, hilly in the interior. Climate: Tropical.

Government of Barbados Type: Parliamentary democracy; independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth. Independence: November 30, 1966. Constitution: 1966. Branches: Executive--governor general (representing Queen Elizabeth II, head of state), prime minister (head of government), cabinet. Legislative--bicameral Parliament. Judicial--magistrate's courts, Supreme Court (High Court and Court of Appeals), Caribbean Court of Justice in Trinidad and Tobago. Subdivisions: Eleven parishes and the city of Bridgetown. Political parties: Barbados Labour Party (BLP), Democratic Labour Party (DLP), People's Empowerment Party (PEP). Suffrage: Universal at 18.

Map of Barbados This Map of Barbados shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Bridgetown the capital of Barbados. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)

Official Name of Barbados The Official Name of Barbados is Barbados. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Barbados Nationality: Noun and adjective--Barbadian(s); informally "Bajan(s)." Population (2008 estimate): 281,698. Annual population growth rate (2005): 0.3%. Ethnic groups: Predominantly of African descent 90%, white 4%, Asian or mixed 6%. Religions: Protestant 67% (Anglican 40%, Pentecostal 8%, Methodist 7%, other 12%), Roman Catholic 4%, none 17%, other 12%. Language: English. Education (2005): Adult literacy--99.7%. Health (2005): Infant mortality rate--11.0/1,000. Life expectancy--men 70.8 years; women 74.8 years. Work force (2006): 142,000 (tourism, government, manufacturing, construction, mining, agriculture, fishing). Unemployment (2009): 10%.

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