Barbados – Our Story
Land area :
430 sq km (166 sq miles)
Most easterly Caribbean island, 13.1°N, 59.32°W.
(no daylight saving time)
Tropical, average daytime high,
relative humidity 60-70%
Barbados is actually surrounded by the
Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean Sea.
The island was once called
named after bearded fig trees, but that
clearly didn’t stick. Today you’ll hear Bajans use
the affectionate nickname
Barbados boasts over
hours of sunshine a year.
Independent Member of the
Her Excellency The Most Honourable
Dame Sandra Mason, FB, GCMG, DA, QC, LLD
The Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, QC, MP
UNDP Human Development Index 2020:
58th of 189 countries;
8th in americas
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):
Population growth rate 2020:
Infant mortality rate 2016:
13.5 per 1,000 biths
Labour force December 2019 (est):
Unemployment rate 2019:
One of our most famous daughters of the
soil is international Grammy-award
winning musician, actress,
fashion-designer and businesswoman
(Robyn Rihanna Fenty), who in 2021 was
declared a National Hero of Barbados.
Another world-renowed Bajan, who also
has National Hero status, is
aruably the world’s greatest living cricket legend.
GDP (market prices)2020 (P):
Per capita GDP 2020(P):
%annual inflation rate 2020:
Tourism, financial services,sugar,
agriculture and manufacturing
Major trading partners:
CARICOM, USA, UK, Canada,
(excludes pertroleum exports)
Domestic exports 2020:
(excludes pertroleum imports)
Tourist arrivals 2021:
Barbados dollar,fixed at
Barbados is recognised as the birthplace
has been around since 1701 and produces
the oldest rum in the world.
And we have over
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|