Dialing code ++1-246
ISO 2 code BB
ISO 3 code BRB
Capital Bridgetown
Main Language English
Currency Dollar (BBD)
GDP $5.5 billion 153rd
Population 285,653 181st


Continent North America
Location Caribbean island in the North Atlantic Ocean northeast of Venezuela
Land 431 km2 202nd
Terrain Relatively flat; rises gently to central highland region
Climate Tropical; rainy season (June to October)
Natural Hazards Relatively flat; rises gently to central highland region
Note: Easternmost Caribbean island

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The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. Slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar rum and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.
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Life Expectancy 73.94 years 85th
Median Age 35.8 years 54th
Birth Rate 12.55 births/1,000 population 151st
Death Rate 8.41 births/1,000 population 91st
Sex Ratio 0.63 male(s)/female 187th
Literacy 99.7% 12th



Roadways 1600 km 173rd
Railways None km
Airports 1 200th
Waterways None km
Heliports None
Airports paved 1 98th


Currency Dollar (BBD)
GDP $5.5 billion 153rd
GDP per capita (PPP) $19300 56th