Last updated on November 14th, 2017
Facts about Barbadian economy, places of significance and food
#18. Two Barbados dollars are approximately equal to one US dollar.
#19. Barbados exports more than BBD $57 million of rum each year.
#21. The island of Barbados plans to remove Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state in November, 2016. This change also coincides with their 50th independence day.
#22. Barbados receives more than a million tourists each year, including both land-based tourists and cruise passengers.
#23. Barbados’ smallest city–Oistins–is historically known as a fishing town.
#24. The Barbados Museum provides rich insights into the country’s history and culture.
#25. Holetown–originally known as St. James Town–is named after King James I of England. It is the site of the first Anglican Church, St. James Parish Church, which was built in 1628.
#26. With more than a dozen mouthwatering recipes that are prepared from pork, it can be said that Barbadians are extremely fond of pork.
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#27. Barbados is just 21 miles long and 14 miles wide.
#28. The first governor of the US state of South Carolina was a Barbadian.
#29. The country has never been successfully invaded by a foreign power.
#30. George Washington, the first president of the United States, also visited the island nation in 1751 before he became the president in 1789.
#32. Between 1841 and 1845, Barbados was the healthiest place in the world to live.
#33. Mount Hillaby is the highest point on the island at 1,115 ft.
#34. In Barbados, it is considered good luck if a mongoose crosses your path. Mongoose were originally imported from India to take care of the rats in the country’s sugar cane fields.
#35. It is the third-most developed country in the Western hemisphere, after the US and Canada.
#36. Barbados is known as “the land of flying fish.” The fish is also one of its national symbols.
#37. The island was named Los Barbados (bearded ones) by the Portugese explorer Pedro a Campos.
#38. Grapefruit is a “hybrid” fruit invented in Barbados.
#39. Barbados has a literacy rate of 99.7%, ranking it third in the world. School is compulsory in the country up to age 16.
Barbados – country at a glance
|Independence||30 November 1966 (from the UK)
|Total area||430 sq km|
|Population||292,336 (July 2017 est.)|
|Suffrage||18 years of age|
|Borders||Completely bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (No land borders).|
|Currency||Barbadian dollar ($) (BBD)|
|Average Life Span||75.5 years (2017)
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
|Terrain||relatively flat; rises gently to central highland region
|Climate||tropical; rainy season (June to October)|
|Natural resources||petroleum, fish, natural gas
|Birth rate||11.7 births/1,000 population (2017 est.)|
|Death rate||8.6 deaths/1,000 population (2017 est.)|
|Sex ratio||0.94 male(s)/female (2017 est.)|
|Government type||parliamentary democracy (Parliament) under a constitutional monarchy; a Commonwealth realm
|Prime Minister||Mia Mottley|
|National symbols||Neptune's trident, pelican, Red Bird of Paradise flower (also known as Pride of Barbados)|
|National colors||blue, yellow, black
|National anthem||"The National Anthem of Barbados"|
|Industries||tourism, sugar, light manufacturing, component assembly for export|
|Exports||$482.5 million (2017 est.)
manufactures, sugar, molasses, rum, other foodstuffs and beverages, chemicals, electrical components
|Imports||$1.515 billion (2017 est.)
consumer goods, machinery, foodstuffs, construction materials, chemicals, fuel, electrical components
|GDP - per capita (PPP)||$17,500 (2017 est.)|
|Internet country code||.bb|
|Time Zone||Eastern Caribbean (UTC-4)|
|Drives on the||Left|
|Data sources||CIA, Wikipedia|
|Table last updated||July 13, 2018|