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Barbados General Info
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Area

430 square kilometres (166 square miles).

Population

267,000 people (the 2000 official estimate)

Population Density

620.9 people per square kilometre

Capital

Bridgetown.

Population of Bridgetown

5,928 (the 1990 official estimate).

Geography

Some key geographical facts:

Barbados is the most easterly of the chain of Caribbean islands.

 The country lies well to the east of the West Indies.

 To the west, beaches are made of fine white sand where there are natural   coral reefs.

 Along the east coast there is a lively surf as the sea strikes the more rocky   shoreline.

 Barbados is mainly flat with only a few gently rolling hills to the north.

The coral construction of the island acts as a natural filter and the waters of Barbados are amongst the purest in the world.

Government

Barbados has a Constitutional monarchy. The country gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.

The Head of State is HM Queen Elizabeth II, represented locally by Governor-General Sir Clifford Husband since 1996.

The Head of Government is Prime Minister Owen Seymour Arthur since 1994.

Language

The official language in barbados is English. Local Bajan dialect is also spoken.

Religion

The religion in Barbados is mainly Christian, with an Anglican majority, Roman Catholic minority, plus small Jewish, Muslim and Hindu communities.

Time Zone

Greenich Mean Time (GMT) - 4.

Electricity

110 - 115 volts AC, 50Hz. American style 2 pin plugs are in use.
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