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Original Inhabitants
Arawak Indians
Discovered
Portuguese explorer Pedro a Campos 1536
Claimed
England, May 14th 1625 by Captain John Powell
Settlement
February 17th 1627, Captain Henry Powell (80 settlers and 10 slaves)
Independence, Constitution
30th November 1966, Errol Barrow
Capital
Bridgetown: South-west coast
Divisions:
Parishes (11)
  • St Michael (city Bridgetown)
  • Christ Church
  • St. Andrew
  • St. George
  • St. James
  • St. John
  • St. Joseph
  • St. Lucy
  • St. Peter
  • St. Philip
  • St. Thomas
Currency
Barbados Dollars (BDS) (BBD)
Rate - US$1.00 = BDS$1.98 (Stable)
Fixed to the U.S Dollar
Nationality
Barbadian (noun & adjective)
Colloquial - Bajan
Language
English
Dialect - Bajan
Location
Between Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic
Most easterly of the Caribbean islands (part of the Lesser Antilles)
Coordinates - 13 10 N, 59 32 W
Map Reference - Central America, Caribbean (north-east of Venezuela or south-east or Miami)
Neighbours:
West - St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
South - Guyana, Puerto Rico
Time Zone:
Atlantic Standard Time Zone (AST)
phone: (246) 976-TIME
Standard Time: Greenwich Mean Time ((- 4) hours), UTC-4
(1 hour ahead of Washington, DC)
No Daylight Saving Time
Topography
  • Mainly of limestone Coral - Coralline Limestone: 85% (24 - 30metres thick)
  • Non-volcanic
  • Terrain: Flat and low-lying - Terrace Plains & Rolling Hills
  • Rises gently towards the central highland area
  • Sugar cane estates, pastures, marshes, mangrove, swamps, rivers
  • Coralline Limestone - 85% (24 - 30metres thick)
Land area
  • 430 sq. km, 166 sq. miles
  • Widest point - 23 km (14 miles)
  • Long - 34 km (21 miles)
  • Highest point (Mount Hillaby) - 336 metres or 1,100 above sea level (Scotland District)
  • Lowest Point (Atlantic Ocean - 0 m
  • Boundaries - 0 km
  • Coastline - 97 km
  • Water - 0 sq km
Land use
  • Arable Land - 37.21%
  • Permanent Crops - 2.33%
  • Permanent Pastures - 5%
  • Forest, Woodland - 12%
  • Irrigated - 50 sq km
  • Other - 60.46%
Maritime Boundaries
  • Economic Zone - 200 nm
  • Territorial - 12 nm
Population
280,946 (2007)
Rural Areas - 85%
Annual Growth Rate - 0.369% (2007)
Labour Force
147,200 (2005)
Agriculture: 10% Industry: 15% Services: 75%
Unemployment
8.5% (2005)
Adult Literacy
97.6%
Birth rate per 1000
12.61 (2007)
Death Rate per 1000
8.61 (2007)
Infant Mortality
Deaths - 11.55
Births - 1,000 (2007)
Fertility Rate
1.65 children
Age Structure
Over 65 years
8.9%
15 - 64 years
71.4%
Under 14 & under
19.7%
Sex Ratio (Gender): 0.938 (males to each female) (2007)
Ethnic Groups
Black
90%
White
4%
Indian, Chinese, Asian, mixed
6%
Migration Rate per 1000 (Net)
-0.31
Life Expectancy
Average life expectancy - 73 years Median age: 35 years Males - 33.8 years Females: 36 years.
Religion
Majority - Christian
Minority - Hindu, Muslim, Jew
Anglican
40%
Protestant
67%
Pentecostal
8%
Methodist
7%
Roman Catholics
4%
Muslim, Hindu, Judaism, Baptist
12%
More info on religion in Barbados
Climate, Temperatures
Influenced by Northeast Trade Winds Sub-tropical: 28 - 31 degrees C
Dry Season (December - May) - Not unbearably hot
Rainy Season (June - November)
Average Rainfall: Central Areas (high) - 187.5 cm, Coastal Areas (low) - 127.5 cm
Humidity: 63% - 76%
More Info on the Weather and Climate of Barbados
Education
Primary (free)
Secondary (free)
Tertiary
Literacy Rate:
High (15 years & over - Tertiary & beyond) > Average - 97.4% Males - 98% Females - 96.8%
Health
500 people per doctor; 80 beds per 10 000 population
Social Welfare
Unemployment, Illness, Industrial injuries, Maternity, Retirement, Death benefits  
Utilities
Water: Barbados Water Authority Limited (BWA). Pumped from wells within natural coral aquifers.
Electricity: Barbados Light & Power (BL&P) (110 volts, 50 cycles): fossil fuel: 100%
Telephones: Cable & Wireless Bartel (C&W) Natural gas  
Communication
Satellite earth stations - 1 (Intelsat -Atlantic Ocean); tropospheric scatter to Trinidad & St. Lucia
Telephones: area code (246) - domestic: island-wide automatic telephone system
Mobile Phones:
Radio: Broadcast Stations - AM 2, FM 6, shortwave 0 Television: Broadcast stations - 1 (plus 2 cable channels)
Internet: code - .bb Barbados External Communications (BET)
Transport
Paved Roads (drive on left hand side) - Comprehensive national road network
Ports
International Airport- 1
Sea Port - 1 Deep Water Harbour)
Cruise Terminal - (1)  
Public Transport
Bus Terminals - (3)
Government
Parliamentary Democracy
Head of State: Prime Minister
Parliament
The Barbados Parliament
Military
Royal Barbados Defence Force, Barbados Coast Guard
Economy
Stable
Main Industry - Tourism
Other Industries: Sugar, Agriculture, Oil, Rum Distillation, Offshore Financial Services, light manufacturing, Component assembly for export
Fiscal Year - 1 April - 31 March
Industrial production growth rate
: -3.2%
Agriculture Products: Sugarcane, Vegetables, Cotton
Inflation Rate: -0.5%  
Imports
Consumer goods, Machinery, Fuel, Foodstuffs, Construction materials, Chemicals, Electrical components
Partners: US, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, Japan
Exports
Sugar, Molasses, Rum, Foods and beverages, Chemicals, Electrical components
Partners: US, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, St Lucia, Jamaica, Grenada, St Vincent
Investment
Excellent investment opportunities and incentives
Natural Resourses
Petroleum, Natural Gas, Fish
Natural Hazzards
Infrequent hurricanes, Periodic landslides

 

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