About
Barbados – Our Story

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his is our story – a whirlwind introduction to our island. Giving you a flavour of who we are, where we’ve come from, and where we’re going.

Fast Facts

Land area :

430 sq km (166 sq miles)

Location:

Most easterly Caribbean island, 13.1°N, 59.32°W.

Time zone:

GMT-4 hours

(no daylight saving time)

climate:

Tropical, average daytime high,

21°-30°C (70°-85°F)

relative humidity 60-70%

Capital city:

Bridgetown

Fun Facts

Barbados is actually surrounded by the
Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean Sea.
The island was once called

Los
Barbados

named after bearded fig trees, but that
clearly didn’t stick. Today you’ll hear Bajans use
the affectionate nickname

'Bim'

Barbados boasts over

3,000

hours of sunshine a year.

Political Status:

Independent Member of the
British Commonwealth

Government:

Parliamentary Republic

President:

Her Excellency The Most Honourable
Dame Sandra Mason, FB, GCMG, DA, QC, LLD

Prime Minister:

The Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, QC, MP

Language:

English

Literacy Rate:

99.6%

UNDP Human Development Index 2020:

58th of 189 countries;
8th in americas

Fun Facts

Barbados has the third oldest parliament
in the Commonwealth.

We are the only Caribbean nation never to
have been invaded by a foreign power.

English is the official langauge, but you’ll
hear lots of Bajan, an English-based creole
with African influences.

Population 2020 (est):

271,021

Population growth rate 2020:

-0.5%

Infant mortality rate 2016:

13.5 per 1,000 biths

Life Expectancy:

78 years

Labour force December 2019 (est):

139,700

Unemployment rate 2019:

10.1%

Fun Facts

One of our most famous daughters of the
soil is international Grammy-award
winning musician, actress,
fashion-designer and businesswoman

Rihanna

(Robyn Rihanna Fenty), who in 2021 was
declared a National Hero of Barbados.

Another world-renowed Bajan, who also
has National Hero status, is

Sir Garfield
Sobers

aruably the world’s greatest living cricket legend.

GDP (market prices)2020 (P):

US$4.69billion

Per capita GDP 2020(P):

US$14,600

%annual inflation rate 2020:

3 %

Major Industires:

Tourism, financial services,sugar,
agriculture and manufacturing

Major trading partners:

CARICOM, USA, UK, Canada,
Germeny, Japan

Imports 2020:

US$1,502 million

(excludes pertroleum exports)

Domestic exports 2020:

US$3,445 million

(excludes pertroleum imports)

Tourist arrivals 2021:

144,833

Currency:

Barbados dollar,fixed at

Bds us

$2.00=US$1.00

Measures:

Metric system

Fun Facts

Barbados is recognised as the birthplace
of rum.

Mount Gay
Distilleries

has been around since 1701 and produces
the oldest rum in the world.
And we have over

1,500
rum shops

to sample them at.

Our national colours are ultramarine, gold and black,
but the future of Barbados is green. We are
committed to renewable energy and the
government has an ambitious
target for all of our energy to come
from renewable sources by 2030.

There are twelve paid public holidays in Barbados each year . Where a public holidays
falls on a Sunday, the holidays is celebrated on the following day.

The following holidays will be celebrated in 2022:

New Year's Day January 1
Errol Barrow Day January 21
Good Friday April 15
Easter Monday April 18
National Heroes Day April 28
Labour Day May 1
Whit Monday June 6
Kdooment Day August 1
Emancipation Day August 2
Indepndence Day November 30
Chritmas Day December 25
Boxing Day December 27