Quick Facts:

Land Area: 430 sq. Km 166 sq. miles

Location: The most easterly Caribbean island located at 13.1°N, 59.32°W.

Time Zone: GMT – 4 hours (Barbados does not observe daylight saving time)

Capital City: Bridgetown

Climate: Tropical Average Daytime High 70°-85°F 21°-30°C Relative Humidity 60-70%

Language: English

Political Status: Independent Member of the British Commonwealth

Government: Parliamentary Republic

President: Her Excellency The Most Honourable Dame Sandra Mason, FB, GCMG, DA, Q.C.

Prime Minister: The Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P.

Literacy Rate: 99.7%

UNDP Human Development Index 2020: 58th of 189 countries; 8th in Americas

Population 2020 (est): 271,021

Population Growth Rate 2020: – 0.5%

Infant Mortality Rate 2016: 13.5 per 1,000 births

Life Expectancy: 78 years

Labour Force December 2019 (est): 139,700

Unemployment Rate 2019: 10.1%

GDP (Market Prices) 2020 (P): US$4,689.5

Per Capita GDP 2020 (P) : US$14,600

% Annual Inflation Rate 2020: 3.0%

Major Industries: Tourism, Financial Services, Sugar, Agriculture
& Manufacturing

Major Trading Partners: CARICOM, USA, UK, Canada, Germany, Japan

Imports 2020: US$1,501.71 Million (excludes petroleum imports)

Domestic Exports 2020: US$345.21 Million (excludes petroleum exports)

Tourist Arrivals 2018: 1,000,537

Currency: Barbados dollar which is fixed at Bds$2.00=US$1.00

Measures: Metric system

Public Holidays
There are twelve paid public holidays in Barbados each year. Note: Where a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday is celebrated on the following day.

The following holidays will be celebrated in 2022:

New Year’s Day – January 1
Errol Barrow Day – January 21
Good Friday – April 15
Easter Monday – April 18
National Heroes Day – April 28
Labour Day – May 1
Whit Monday – June 6
Kadooment Day – August 1
Emancipation Day Holiday – August 2
Independence Day – November 30
Christmas Day – December 25
Boxing Day – December 26
Christmas Day Holiday – December 27


Updated December 1, 2021

Profile of Barbados