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Barbados The Facts

  • Full name: Barbados 
  • Population: 290,000 (UN, 2007) 
  • Capital: Bridgetown 
  • Area: 430 sq km (166 sq miles) 
  • Major language: English (Bajan, an English-African dialect, is widely used) 
  • Major religion: Christianity 
  • Life expectancy: 74 years (men), 80 years (women) (UN) 
  • Monetary unit: 1 Barbadian dollar = 100 cents 
  • Main exports: Sugar and molasses, rum, other foods and beverages, chemicals, electrical components, clothing 
  • GNI per capita: US$9,260 (World Bank, 2005) 
  • Internet domain: .bb
  • International dialling code: +1246 
  • Head of state: Queen Elizabeth II represented by a governor-general. 
  • Prime minister: David Thompson -elected House of Assembly and the Senate. 
  • The press
    • Barbados Advocate – daily
    • The Nation – daily
    • Caribbean Week – fortnightly
    • Broad Street Journal - business 
  • Television
    • Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) - government-owned, operates CBC TV
  • Radio
    • Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)-government-owned, operates CBC Radio 900 AM,
    • The One 98.1
    • Quality 100.7
    • BBS FM-commercial, operated by Barbados Broadcasting Service,
    • Faith 102-religious

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