Barbados By: Jahlia Harmon

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The number of people in Barbados is 291,495. The languages that are spoken their are English, which is the official language, and Bajan.

Map of Barbados

Barbados is located in the Caribbean, island in the North Atlantic Ocean, Northeast of Venezuela. Their natural resources are petroleum, fish, natural gas. The land usage is 32.6%, and their environmental issues are pollution of coastal waters from waste disposal by ships; soil erosion; illegal solid waste disposal threatens contamination of aquifers.

Government

The government is a parliamentary democracy (Parliament) under a constitutional monarchy; a Commonwealth realm.

Economy of Barbados

Barbados is the wealthiest and most developed country in the Eastern Caribbean and enjoys one of the highest per capita incomes in the region. Agricultural products- Sugarcane, Vegetables, and Cotton. Industries- tourism, sugar, light manufacturing, component assembly for export. The total force is 142,500 (2016 est.) Labor force by occupation: Agriculture- 10%, Industry- 15%, Services- 75%.

Trade (Exports) Total: $466.7 million, Commodities: manufactures, sugar, molasses, rum, other foodstuffs and beverages, chemicals, electrical components. Partners:Trinidad, Tobago, US , St. Lucia, St. Vincent, the Grenadines, Antigua, Barbuda, and Guyana. Trade (Imports) Total: $1.575 million Commodities: consumer goods, machinery, construction materials, chemicals, fuel, electrical components. Partners: Trinidad, Tobago, and US.

Interesting Facts: 1. Barbados got its first name in Portuguese (Los Barbados) reportedly named after the Bearded Fig Tree, 2. It is the birthplace of singer Rihanna, 3. It is completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, 4. South Carolina, in the USA, was originally settled by Barbadians, and its first Governor was a Barbadian, 5. Most of what is now the Southern part of Bridgetown was once a huge swamp.

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