map of Barbados BARBADOS

general data of the country


 
General useful information
 
Note: some data are of constant value, while other are due to changes, fluctuations etc.
 
Nation and population
 
official name (short form): Barbados
country code ISO: BB [BRB] //; - FIPS: BB
location: Central America, West-Indies, Caribbean, Lesser Antilles
time zone: -4 UT
surface (land) area: 430 sq.km = 166 sq.mi //; - area incl. inland waters: sq.km = sq.mi
geographical position in extreme co-ordinates: North-South: 13° N / East-West: 60° W
borders (land): none
borders (coastline): none
climate: moderate tropical, Caribbean
Government
independent since: 1966-11-30
type of government: constitutional monarchy of the United Kingdom
capital: Bridgetown
administrative division: parish (11), without local administrative function
Population
population according to the last two censuses: (1990): 257,083 /-; (2000): 268,792
total population according to the estimate of midyear 2000: 274,540 //; or: 267,000; 2001: 275,000 //; or: 2002: 269,000
population density: 640 per sq.km = 1663 per sq.mi
population growth: 0,4% //; - doubling time: not applicable, exceeds 100 years
birth rate: 16 per 1000
death rate: 9 per 1000
fertility rate: 2 children per female
maternal mortality: per 100,000
infant mortality (in the first year of life): 14 per 1000
infant mortality (from 1st - 4th year of life): 12 - 18 per 1000
life expectancy: 75 years (male: 73; female: 77)
age breakdown: 0-14 years: 25% //; - 15-59 years: 60% //; - 60+ years: 15%
urbanisation: 50% //; - urbanisation growth: %
percentage of urban population in the greatest city: %
Ethnic composition, language, religion
ethnic groups: black 92,5%; white 3,2%; mixed 2,8%; other 1,5%
languages: English, Creole (Bajan) 90%
religious affiliation: Anglican 33%; other Protestant 30%; nonreligious 20%; Roman-Catholic 4%
Health
daily food intake: calories per capita
population with access to safe water: 100%
people per physician: 825 - 1100
people per hospital bed:
Education, literacy
school enrolment: primary education 6-11 years: 99%
school enrolment: secondary education: 60% {FW 2001: 86%]
school enrolment: tertiary education 20-24 years: 15%
adult literacy: 97,4% (male: 98%; female: 97%) [DK: 99%; FW 2000: 100%]
 
Economy and infrastructure
 
Economy and trade
currency: Barbados dollar (BDS$) = 100 cents
annual inflation rate: 3%
population below poverty line: %
Gross Domestic Product: USD 11200 per capita
GNI USD 8790 - 9750 per capita //; - [ppp: 14660 - 15020]
GDP growth: 1,5% [2001/02: -2%]
income: USD 6630 per capita
import: USD 766 per capita //; - export: USD 237 per capita
trade: USD 3450 per capita //; - or 55% of GDP
trade partners: US GB JM TT CA JP VE DE LC
human development index: 0,864 //; - position of the country in the world no.: 31
female labour force: 46%
unemployment: 10%
tourism: 0,6 million
Economic activities in agriculture, fisheries, industry, mining, services, energy
land use: arable land: 77% //; - grass land: 9% //; - wooded area: 12% //; - arid land and desert: %
agriculture: labour force: 6% [4%] //; - part of agriculture in GDP: 7% [6%]
agricultural products: sugar, sweet potatoes, yams, vegetables, cotton
livestock (1000s): cattle: 23 / goats: 4,5 ; or: 38 / pigs: 30-35 / poultry: 3400 / sheep: 41
fish catch: 3100 metric tonnes
industry: labour force: 10% [20%] //; - part of industry in GDP: 14% [21%]
industrial products: sugar, molasses, rum, beer, cigarettes, electronic components, textiles
mining products: some crude petroleum and natural gas
CO2 emission per capita: 5,9
services: labour force: 84% [76%] //; - part of services in GDP: 79% [73%]
energy use (kg per capita): 1375
electricity use (per capita):
annual water use (per capita): 80
Traffic, communication
road network: 1573 km //; - of which paved: 95% [1719 km] //; - of which are motorways: 0 km
vehicles: 168 - 229 per 1000 // international license plate: BDS
railways: 0 km //; - railways passenger/km: -
navigable inland waterways: 0 km
ownership telephone: 345 - 481 per 1000 // international dialling code: +1246
ownership radio receivers: 888 - 1132 per 1000
ownership tv-sets: 284 per 1000
newspaper circulation: 159 per 1000
persons per post office: 15500
personal computers: 82 per 1000
 
Some physical landmarks
 
mountains: Mt. Hillaby 340 m, Gun Hill 210, Chalky Mount 167
lowest point: sea level
lakes (natural): none
lakes (artificial reservoirs): unknown
lakes (deepest): unknown
rivers: Constitution River is the longest; there are some 4 other rivers, shown unnamed on most maps
canals: unknown
waterfalls: unknown
caves: longest system: unknown / deepest:
islands: none
deserts: none
other natural features:
 
Additional remarks, especially on the statistical information
 
other important features:
apart from physical landmarks most of the above figures are changeable, in most cases they date from the 1990's
 
primary sources used for the general information:
BB CA DK EV FW PW WA WB WR, and some - local national or international - statistical yearbooks
particulars concerning population data:
 

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