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Barbados Country Guide

Location

Actually in the Atlantic but advised a Caribbean destination. Best easterly of the Windward Islands.

Time

GMT - 4.

Area

416 sq km (161 sq miles).

Population

270,000 (2008).

Population Density

649 per sq km.

Capital

Bridgetown. Population: 80,000 (2008).

Geography

As the best easterly of the Caribbean chain, Barbados lies able-bodied to the east of the West Indies. A active cream arena enjoys anguish after-effects forth the asperous east bank area a bouldered bank bliss up affluence of spray. To the west, accomplished white beach beaches and accustomed apricot reefs predominate. A scattering of acclaim rolling hills anatomy a ripple to the arctic while the blow of the island is predominantly flat. Apricot filters ensure surrounding amnion are amid the purest on the planet.

Government

Constitutional monarchy. Acquired ability from the UK in 1966.

Head of State

HM Queen Elizabeth II, represented locally by Governor-General Sir Clifford Husband back 1996.

Head of Government

Prime Abbot David Thompson back January 2008.

History

In January 2008 David Thompson of the Democratic Labour Affair (DLP) affected appointment as prime abbot afterward acclamation victory. He is the sixth holder of the appointment back Independence.

Since Owen Arthur, of the Barbados Labour Affair (BLP), won a third appellation as prime abbot in 2003, the affair has accustomed a aerial antecedence to bread-and-butter about-face and development. Barbados’s better accepted political problems are the advance of bread-and-butter growth, the conception of jobs and alluring adopted investment. Barbados has been a abiding capitalism back it acquired independence, however, there is a able antechamber (backed by a contempo government agency analytical Barbados’s built-in future) for an adopted admiral as arch of state. This would chase the archetype of Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago and Dominica.

Language

The official accent is English. Local Bajan accent is additionally spoken.

Religion

Over 100 religious groups practise island-wide, from the Anglican majority to abate Roman Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, Baptists, Pentecostals, Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, The Salvation Army, Muslim and Quaker faiths.

Electricity

110-115 volts AC, 50Hz. American-style two-pin plugs are in use.

Social Conventions

Many British civic attitudes charge authoritative red band and architecture, yet back it comes to time-keeping, humour and coercion the above Barbados address reigns supreme. Barefoot accidental accoutrements is de rigour except back bathrobe up-to-the nines for banquet – or church. As a above bondservant colony, claimed abandon is awful valued.

 

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