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Barbados

Facts and stats about Barbados

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Barbados Island is separated into 30 constituencies with a representative Democratic Government. During general elections, representatives from each constituency are elected by their respective constituents. The party that wins the most seats in the House of Assembly emerge as the leading party. The winning party representative who secures his seat is named as Prime Minister. The Prime Minister appoints ministers to comprise his government.

Barbados is currently governed by the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) which turned out victorious in the February 2013 polls. The DLP grabbed 16 of the 30 seats while the other 14 slots were won by the political opposition (Barbados Labour Party).Prime Minister Freundel Stuart of the DLP is serving his second consecutive term. As a small country, the main direction of the government’s diplomatic policy is to become active in international organizations. Barbados is a member of the Commonwealth. It was also admitted to the United Nations in December of 1966 and the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1967.

In 1973, Barbados along with Trinidad, Tobago, Guyana, and Jamaica signed a pact in Trinidad to establish the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM). The following year, majority of the remaining English-speaking Caribbean states also joined this organization which has a current membership of 15. In July of 1994, it joined the newly formed Association of Caribbean States.

Right now, Barbados has become another victim of the economic downturn confronting the Caribbean. The truth is that the problem of Barbados can be traced to the inherent structural problems facing nations which import and consume much more than they produce and export. Barbados also does not have a competitive productive base.

288,725

Population. Ranked 180th in 2013.

$13,076.46

GDP per capita. Ranked 59th in 2011.

Largest city Bridgetown - 6,700
Capital city Bridgetown - 6,700
Major language English (Bajan, an English-African dialect, is widely used)
Major religion Christianity
Monetary unit Barbadian dollar
Head of state Queen Elizabeth II, represented by a governor-general.
Prime minister Freundel Stuart
Alternative names Barbados
Groups Christian countries, Densely populated countries, Former British colonies, Heavily indebted countries, Hot countries, Island countries, Latin America and Caribbean, Tourist destinations, World

Interesting observations about Barbados

Barbados ranked second for literacy > total population amongst Hot countries in 2013.
Barbados ranked first for GDP > composition by sector > services amongst Heavily indebted countries in 2012.
Barbados has ranked last for illiterate population by sex > aged 15+ > women since 1980.
Barbados has ranked last for illiterate population by sex > aged 15+ since 1980.
Barbados ranked first for human development index amongst Latin America and Caribbean in 2006.
Barbados ranked first for literacy > male amongst Former British colonies in 2013.
Barbados ranked #4 for population density > people per sq. km amongst Christian countries in 2005.
Barbados ranked first for terrorist acts > 1968-2006 > deaths to incidences ratio globally in 2006.
Barbados ranked 18 places from the bottom for population amongst Densely populated countries in 2013.
Barbados ranked second for seventh-day adventist membership amongst Tourist destinations in 2004.

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Barbados Island is separated into 30 constituencies with a representative Democratic Government. During general elections, representatives from each constituency are elected by their respective constituents. The party that wins the most seats in the House of Assembly emerge as the leading party. The winning party representative who secures his seat is named as Prime Minister. The Prime Minister appoints ministers to comprise his government.

Barbados is currently governed by the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) which turned out victorious in the February 2013 polls. The DLP grabbed 16 of the 30 seats while the other 14 slots were won by the political opposition (Barbados Labour Party).Prime Minister Freundel Stuart of the DLP is serving his second consecutive term. As a small country, the main direction of the government’s diplomatic policy is to become active in international organizations. Barbados is a member of the Commonwealth. It was also admitted to the United Nations in December of 1966 and the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1967.

In 1973, Barbados along with Trinidad, Tobago, Guyana, and Jamaica signed a pact in Trinidad to establish the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM). The following year, majority of the remaining English-speaking Caribbean states also joined this organization which has a current membership of 15. In July of 1994, it joined the newly formed Association of Caribbean States.

Right now, Barbados has become another victim of the economic downturn confronting the Caribbean. The truth is that the problem of Barbados can be traced to the inherent structural problems facing nations which import and consume much more than they produce and export. Barbados also does not have a competitive productive base.

Posted on 06 Apr 2014

jaacosta47

jaacosta47

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I will like to visit Babados as a tourist visitor, how can you help to actualise this dreams of mine.

thanks
charles

Posted on 17 Aug 2010

charles

charles

  • The Government of Barbados has evolved into a principal parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. In short, power is vested on parliament although the nation maintains the facets of a historic monarchy. The Cabinet is headed by a Prime Minister who is an elected Member of Parliament. The other ministers are appointed by a Governor General who is under the PM.

    The country has a Small Open Economy (SOE) since the Barbados does not have the capability to influence price in trading with other economies. In short, the nation is described as a “price-taker” for imports and export commodities. SOE also refers to economy size with respect to moderately limited value of the total output and production of Barbados compared to other nations. It is open because the country relies on global trade in products and services to generate foreign exchange. This is important since it is mainly dependent on imports for survival. Barbados has am inadequate resource base and contributes extensively to a high degree of openness.

    Barbados is described as a sovereign island country located in the Lesser Antilles. The incumbent Prime Minister is Freundel Jerome Stuart. He succeeded the late David Thompson who died in October 2010 of cancer. The government looks forward to maintain broad policy of continuity although it has a troubled relationship with the opposition. The primary challenge comes from a weak economy. GDP is expected to remain in recession until the end of 2014 before achieving a modest growth of 0.2 percent in 2015. The PM said national policy will concentrate on diversification. It will veer away from tourism which has been the country's main source of external liability. The government also has to contend with a huge fiscal deficit. Barbados maintains formal relations with more than 100 countries.

    jaacosta47 19 May 2014

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