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easternmost Caribbean island
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The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. African 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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Conventional short form: Barbados
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Barbados's capital city is Bridgetown
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Barbados Constitution:

30 November 1966
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Barbados population growth rate: 0.354%
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Barbados highest point: Mount Hillaby 336 m
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Barbados lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
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About 37% of Barbados's land is arable.
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Dnieper River is the Longest River in Barbados
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Barbados birth rate is 12 births/1,000 population
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Barbados infant mortality rate is 12 deaths/1,000 live births
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Barbados fertility rate is 1.68 children born/woman
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Barbados climate:

tropical;
rainy season (June to October)
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Top 10 cities of Barbados with populations (2012 est.) are:
1. Bridgetown: 98,511
2. Speightstown: 3,634
3. Oistins: 2,285
4. Bathsheba: 1,765
5. Holetown: 1,350
6. The Crane: 935
7. Crab Hill: 727
8. Greenland: 623
9. Blackmans: 623
10. Hillaby: 519
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Barbados ethnic groups:

black - 93%
white - 3.2%
mixed - 2.6%
East Indian - 1%
other - 0.2%
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Barbados Exports:

manufactures, sugar and molasses, rum, other foods and beverages, chemicals, electrical components
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Barbados Imports:

consumer goods, machinery, foodstuffs, construction materials, chemicals, fuel, electrical components
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bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (21 seats; members appointed by the governor general - 12 on the advice of the Prime Minister, 2 on the advice of the opposition leader, and 7 at his discretion) and the House of Assembly (30 seats; members are elected by direct popular vote to serve five-year terms)

Administrative Divisions:
11 parishes

1. Christ Church
2. Saint Andrew
3. Saint George
4. Saint James
5. Saint John
6. Saint Joseph
7. Saint Lucy
8. Saint Michael
9. Saint Peter
10. Saint Philip
11. Saint Thomas

and 1 city:

Bridgetown
Political parties and leaders:
Barbados Labor Party (BLP) - Owen ARTHUR

Democratic Labor Party (DLP) - Freundel STUART

People's Empowerment Party (PEP) - David COMISSIONG