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Barbados is an eastern Caribbean island and an independent British Commonwealth nation. Bridgetown, the capital, is a cruise-ship port with colonial buildings and Nidhe Israel, a synagogue founded in 1654. Around the island are beaches, botanical gardens, the Harrison’s Cave formation, and 17th-century plantation houses like St. Nicholas Abbey. Local traditions include afternoon tea and cricket, the national sport.

Languages: English (official), Bajan (English-based creole language, widely spoken in informal settings)

Ethnic Groups: black 92.4%, white 2.7%, mixed 3.1%, East Indian 1.3%, other 0.2%, unspecified 0.2% (2010 est.)

Belief Systems: Protestant 66.4% (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 0.9%), 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.)


Population: 275746 people (World Rank: 184th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 1661 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 19th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 0.223 %/yr (World Rank: 193rd) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 75.4 years (World Rank: 90th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 36.2 years (World Rank: 51st) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

World Factbook

United Nations Country Profile for Belgium

Map of Barbados
University of Texas Library

Barbados - Wikipedia Entry

Barbados - General Information
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Barbados

Barbados - Country Profile
U.S. Library of Congress profile of Barbados

Culture and Tourism:

Tourism Barbados
All about Barbados as a tourism destination

Crop Over Festival
cultural festival celebrating local Sugar Cane harvest

Barbados Reggae Festival
Celebrate the reggae music of Barbados

Music of Barbados
from www.face-music.ch

Ostins Fish Fry
Weekly local fish fry located in Ostins

Recipes from Barbados
from buzzfeed.com

Study in Barbados

Government Related:

Barbadian Embassy
Located in Washington D.C.

Barbadian Government Websites
Directory of government websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger

Local Weather Conditions

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