Barbados Country Profile
Known for its beaches and cricket - its national sport - the former British colony has a dual heritage: English - evident in its stone-built Anglican churches and Saturday race meetings - and African, reflected in its music and dance. The eastern Caribbean nation of Barbados has seen tourism overtake the export of sugar as its main revenue earner.
Full name: Barbados
Population: 256,600 (UN, 2010)
Area: 430 sq km (166 sq miles)
Major language: English (Bajan, an English-African dialect, is widely used)
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 75 years (men), 81 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Barbadian dollar = 100 cents
Main exports: Sugar and molasses, rum, other foods and beverages, chemicals, electrical components, clothing
GNI per capita: Estimated to be high income: $12,196 or more (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .bb
International dialling code: +1246
Head of state: Queen Elizabeth II, represented by a governor.
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