Region: Caribbean

Capital: Bridgetown

Population: 284,215 (2015 World Bank est.)

Currency: Barbadian dollar (BBD)

GDP (current US$): 4.385 Billion (2015 World Bank est.)

United Nations membership date: 9 December 1966

New York Mission:
Permanent Mission of Barbados to the United Nations
800 Second Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10017 USA
Telephone: (212)-551-4300
Fax: (212)-986-1030

Background: 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.


World Bank. (2017, May 2). 
World Bank. (2017, May 2). World bank open data

Updated May 2017