Quick Facts

  • Gained independence from the United Kingdom on November 30, 1966
  • Location;  Caribbean, island in the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela
  • Area:  166 sq. miles,  2 times the size of Washington, D.C.
  • Population:  287,733
  • Capital and largest city:  Bridgetown  112,000
  • Climate:  tropical; rainy season (June-October)
  • Terrain:  relatively flat; rises gently to central highland region
  • Nationality:  Barbadian or Bajan
  • Ethnic groups:  black 93%, white 3.2%, mixed 2.6%, East Indian 1%
  • Language:  English
  • Religions:  Protestant 63.4%, Roman Catholic 4.1%
  • Literacy:  99.7% over the age of 15 have attended school
  • Economy:  The  economy was dependent on the sugarcane industry, but in recent years it has diversified into light industry and tourism which now accounts for 4/5 of the GDP and of exports being attributed to services.
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com


Government in Power

  • The government of Barbados is a parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm.  The Chief of State is Queen Elizabeth II represented by acting Governnor General Elliot Belgrave.  Head of Government is Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart.  The Governnor General is appointed by the Monarchy and the Prime Minister is appointed by the Governor General

Healthcare Statistics

  • Life expectancy:  74.52 years
  • Health expenditures:  6.8% of GDP
  • Physicians density:  1.811 physicians/1,000 population
  • Hospital bed density:  7.66 beds/1,000 population
  • HIV/AIDS – adult prevalence rate: 1.4%
  • All Barbadian citizens are covered by national healthcare
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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Health education in the field This is a very important topic that I believe is often overlooked on many mission trips! While it’s wonderful to go spend a week doing clinic work, the reality of these mission trips is that it’s a short-term mission trip, and when the week or so is over, clinic ends! […]


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