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ContinentNorth America
Lat Long13 10 N, 59 32 W
Area166 sq mi (439 km2)
Population290,604 (July 2015 est.)
Largest CityBridgetown
Official LanguagesEnglish
Major ReligionProtestant 66.3% (includes Anglican 23.9%, other Pentecostal 19.5%, Adventist 5.9%, Methodist 4.2%, Wesleyan 3.4%, Nazarene 3.2%, Church of God 2.4%, Baptist 1.8%, Moravian 1.2%, other Protestant .8%), Roman Catholic 3.8%, other Christian 5.4% (includes Jehovah's Witness 2.0%, other 3.4%), Rastafarian 1%, other 1.5%, none 20.6%, unspecified 1.2% (2010 est.)
National Day30 November (1966)
Form of GovernmentUnitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
PresidentQueen Elizabeth II ( Monarch)
Vice PresidentElliott Belgrave ( Governor-General)
Prime MinisterFreundel Stuart
CurrencyBarbadian dollar
GDP$7.053 billion (2013 estimate)
Calling Code+1 -246
Time Zone(UTC-4) Summer (DST) not observed (UTC-4)

Where is Barbados?
Barbados is situated in Lesser Antilles. It is an island nation and is east of Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea. It is surrounded by the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.
How did Barbados get its name?
The original name of Barbados in the language of indigenous Arawakan-speaking tribes was Ichirouganaim. The present name of the country is controversial. According to some sources, the Portuguese were the first to reach the island nation, while others say that it was Spanish which gave the name Los Barbudos to the place.

How big is Barbados?
The island of Barbados is approximately 21 miles long and around 14miles wide. It covers an area of 166 square miles and has an estimated population of 284,589. Its geographic coordinates are 13 10N, 59 32W.

What is the currency of Barbados?
Barbadian dollar is the currency of Barbados. Its has been the currency of the country since 1935. Its ISO 4217 code is BBD and is divided into 100 cents. The Central Bank of Barbados issues the Barbadian dollar.

What is the capital of Barbados?
Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados. It lies on the southwestern coast of the country and was founded in 1628. The city is an important financial, informatics, and convention center. The Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on June 25, 2011.

Which is the largest city of Barbados?
Bridgetown is the largest city of Barbados. Its geographic coordinates are 13 6N, 59 36W. The city covers an area of 15 square miles and has an estimated population of 96,578.

What is the official language of Barbados?
The official language of Barbados is English. It is used for communications, administration, and public services. Bajan, a regional variation of English, is also spoken and recognized in the country.

What is the religion of Barbados?
Majority of the population in Barbados adheres to Christianity. 95% of the population is Christians. Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Bahai faith, and Wiccans comprise the religious minorities in the country.

What is the literacy rate of Barbados?
Barbados ranks among the top five countries for literacy rate. The literacy rate of the country is close to 100%.

Who is the political leader of Barbados?
Elliot Belgrave is the current Governor-General of the island nation. He assumed office on November 1, 2011. Freundel Jerome Stuart is the current and the seventh Prime Minister of Barbados. He assumed office on October 23, 2010.

When is the National Day of Barbados celebrated?
The National Day or the Independence day of Barbados is celebrated on November 30. On this date in 1966, Barbados achieved independence from the United Kingdom. It is celebrated as a national holiday.

What is the economy of Barbados like?
Barbados is a low-income economy and is heavily dependent upon sugar production. Its GDP in 2008 was $5.466 billion, while its per capita income was $19,300. Services accounts for 78% of the GDP, followed by industry: 16%, and agriculture: 6%. The unemployment rate stands at 10.7%, Major industries are tourism, sugar, and light manufacturing. Major trade flows are with Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, UK, US, Brazil, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent.

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