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Coordinates: 13°10′N 59°33′W / 13.167°N 59.550°W / 13.167; -59.550


Banner o Barbados
Coat o airms o Barbados
Coat o airms
Motto: "Pride and Industry"

Location o Barbados
13°06′N 59°37′W / 13.100°N 59.617°W / 13.100; -59.617
Lairgest ceetycapital
Offeecial leidsInglis
Recognised regional leidsBajan Creole
Ethnic groups
GovrenmentPairlamentar democracy unner constitutional monarchy
• Monarch
Elizabeth II
Dame Sandra Mason
Mia Mottley
Hoose o Assemmly
• Frae the Unitit Kinrick
30 November 1966
• Total
439 km2 (169 sq mi) (183rd)
• Water (%)
• 2010 census
277,821[2] (181st)
• Density
660/km2 (1,709.4/sq mi) (15t)
GDP (PPP)2016 estimate
• Total
$4.663 billion[3]
• Per capita
$16,669[3] (73rd)
GDP (nominal)2016 estimate
• Tot
$4.385 billion[3]
• Per capita
HDI (2015)Steady 0.795[4]
heich · 54t
CurrencyBarbadian dollar ($) (BBD)
Time zoneUTC−4 (Eastren Caribbean)
• Summer (DST)
UTC−4 (Nae observed)
Drivin sidecaur[5]
Cawin code+1 -246
ISO 3166 codeBB

Barbados (pronounced /bɑrˈbeɪdɒs, bɑrˈbeɪdoʊs/ (deprecatit template)) is an island naition o the Lesser Antilles, 34 kilometres (21 mi) in length an as muckle as 23 kilometres (14 mi) in width, amoontin tae 431 square kilometres (166 sq mi). It is situatit in the wastren aurie o the North Atlantic Ocean an 100 kilometres (62 mi) east o the Windward Islands an the Caribbean Sea;[6][7] therein, it is about 168 kilometres (104 mi) east o the islands of Saunt Vincent an the Grenadines, an 400 kilometres (250 mi) north-east o Trinidad an Tobago. Barbados is ootside o the principal Atlantic hurricane belt.

Pairlament o Barbados an National Heroes Square

Ance a Portuguese territorial possession kent as Os Barbados, in 1625 it became an Inglis, an later a Breetish, colony. The island haes an estimated population o 275,338 fowk, wi aroond 80,000 livin in or aroond Bridgetown, the lairgest ceety an the kintra's caipital.[8] In 1966, Barbados became an independent naition an Commonweel realm, retainin Queen Elizabeth II as Heid o State. Barbados is ane o the Caribbean's leadin tourist destinations an is the maist developed island in the region, wi an HDI number o 0.788.

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  1. a b Barbados CIA World Factbook
  2. "Barbados – General Information". GeoHive. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  3. a b c d Barbados, International Monetary Fund.
  4. "2016 Human Development Report" (PDF). United Nations Development Programme. 2016. Retrieved 23 Mairch 2017.
  5. "Barbados". 29 August 2006. Archived frae the original on 15 October 2007. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help) (, updated 5 June 2006.
  6. Chapter 4 - The Windward Islands and Barbados - U.S. Library of Congress
  7. "Barbados country profile". BBC News. 23 Julie 2011. Retrieved 28 Apryle 2011.
  8. Staff (2008). "Places of interest - BRIDGETOWN". Government of Barbados. Archived frae the original on 13 September 2010. Cite has empty unkent parameters: |trans_title=, |month=, |separator=, and |coauthors= (help)