Barbados – Our Story
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.
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 2021:
70th of 191 countries;
10th 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 2021 (est):
Population growth rate 2021:
Infant mortality rate 2021:
11.3 per 1,000 births
Labour force December 2021 (est):
Unemployment rate 2021:
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) 2021 (P):
Per capita GDP 2021 (P):
%annual inflation rate 2020:
Tourism, financial services,sugar,
agriculture and manufacturing
Major trading partners:
CARICOM, USA, UK, Canada,
(excludes petroleum imports)
Domestic exports 2021:
(excludes petroleum exports)
Tourist arrivals 2021:
Barbados dollar,fixed at
Barbados is recognised as the birthplace
has been around since 1703 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 holiday
falls on a Sunday, the holiday is celebrated on the following day.
The following holidays will be celebrated in 2023:
|New Year's Day||January 2|
|Errol Barrow Day||January 21|
|Good Friday||April 7|
|Easter Monday||April 10|
|National Heroes Day||April 28|
|Labour Day||May 1|
|Whit Monday||May 29|
|Kadooment Day||August 1|
|Emancipation Day||August 7|
|Independence Day||November 30|
|Christmas Day||December 25|
|Boxing Day||December 26|