Barbados (pronounced /bɑrˈbeɪdɒs, bɑrˈbeɪdoʊs/ (deprecatit template)) is an island naition o the Lesser Antilles, 34 kilometres (21 mi) in length an as muckle as 23 kilometres (14 mi) in width, amoontin tae 431 square kilometres (166 sq mi). It is situatit in the wastren aurie o the North Atlantic Ocean an 100 kilometres (62 mi) east o the Windward Islands an the Caribbean Sea;[2][3] therein, it is about 168 kilometres (104 mi) east o the islands of Saunt Vincent an the Grenadines, an 400 kilometres (250 mi) north-east o Trinidad an Tobago. Barbados is ootside o the principal Atlantic hurricane belt.

Banner o Barbados
Coat o airms o Barbados
Coat o airms
Motto: "Pride and industry"
Location o Barbados
13°06′N 59°37′W / 13.100°N 59.617°W / 13.100; -59.617
Lairgest ceetycapital
Offeecial leidsInglis
Recognised regional leidsBajan Creole
Ethnic groups
GovrenmentPairlamentar democracy
ISO 3166 codeBB
Pairlament o Barbados an National Heroes Square
Territorial organization

Ance a Portuguese territorial possession kent as Os Barbados, in 1625 it became an Inglis, an later a Breetish, colony. The island haes an estimated population o 275,338 fowk, wi aroond 80,000 livin in or aroond Bridgetown, the lairgest ceety an the kintra's caipital.[4] In 1966, Barbados became an independent naition an Commonweel realm. Barbados is ane o the Caribbean's leadin tourist destinations an is the maist developed island in the region, wi an HDI number o 0.788.




  1. a b Barbados Archived 2016-02-14 at the Wayback Machine CIA World Factbook
  2. Chapter 4 - The Windward Islands and Barbados - U.S. Library of Congress
  3. "Barbados country profile". BBC News. 23 Julie 2011. Retrieved 28 Apryle 2011.
  4. Staff (2008). "Places of interest - BRIDGETOWN". Government of Barbados. Archived frae the original on 13 September 2010. Cite has empty unkent parameters: |trans_title=, |month=, |separator=, and |coauthors= (help)