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 for Barbados
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Barbados \Bar*ba"dos\ or Barbadoes \Bar*ba"does\, n.
     A West Indian island, giving its name to a disease, to a
     cherry, etc.
     [1913 Webster]
     Barbados cherry (Bot.), a genus of trees of the West Indies
        ({Malpighia) with an agreeably acid fruit resembling a
     Barbados leg (Med.), a species of elephantiasis incident to
        hot climates.
     Barbados nuts, the seeds of the Jatropha curcas, a plant
        growing in South America and elsewhere. The seeds and
        their acrid oil are used in medicine as a purgative. See
        Physic nut.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a parliamentary democracy on the island of Barbados; former
           British colony; a popular resort area
      2: easternmost of the West Indies about 300 miles to the north
         of Venezuela

From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

     Introduction Barbados
                              Background: The island was uninhabited when
                                          first settled by the British in
                                          1627. Its economy remained heavily
                                          dependent on sugar, rum, and
                                          molasses production through most of
                                          the 20th century. In the 1990s,
                                          tourism and manufacturing surpassed
                                          the sugar industry in economic
     Geography Barbados
                                Location: Caribbean, island between the
                                          Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic
                                          Ocean, northeast of Venezuela
                  Geographic coordinates: 13 10 N, 59 32 W
                          Map references: Central America and the Caribbean
                                    Area: total: 431 sq km
                                          water: 0 sq km
                                          land: 431 sq km
                      Area - comparative: 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC
                         Land boundaries: 0 km
                               Coastline: 97 km
                         Maritime claims: exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
                                          territorial sea: 12 NM
                                 Climate: tropical; rainy season (June to
                                 Terrain: relatively flat; rises gently to
                                          central highland region
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
                                          highest point: Mount Hillaby 336 m
                       Natural resources: petroleum, fish, natural gas
                                Land use: arable land: 37.21%
                                          permanent crops: 2.33%
                                          other: 60.47% (1998 est.)
                          Irrigated land: 10 sq km (1998 est.)
                         Natural hazards: infrequent hurricanes; periodic
            Environment - current issues: pollution of coastal waters from
                                          waste disposal by ships; soil
                                          erosion; illegal solid waste
                                          disposal threatens contamination of
              Environment - international party to: Climate Change, Climate
                              agreements: Change-Kyoto Protocol,
                                          Desertification, Endangered Species,
                                          Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea,
                                          Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer
                                          Protection, Ship Pollution
                                          signed, but not ratified:
                        Geography - note: easternmost Caribbean island
     People Barbados
                              Population: 276,607 (July 2002 est.)
                           Age structure: 0-14 years: 21.4% (male 29,888;
                                          female 29,338)
                                          15-64 years: 69.8% (male 94,214;
                                          female 98,811)
                                          65 years and over: 8.8% (male 9,378;
                                          female 14,978) (2002 est.)
                  Population growth rate: 0.46% (2002 est.)
                              Birth rate: 13.32 births/1,000 population (2002
                              Death rate: 8.38 deaths/1,000 population (2002
                      Net migration rate: -0.31 migrant(s)/1,000 population
                                          (2002 est.)
                               Sex ratio: at birth: 1.01 male(s)/female
                                          under 15 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
                                          15-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female
                                          65 years and over: 0.63 male(s)/
                                          total population: 0.93 male(s)/
                                          female (2002 est.)
                   Infant mortality rate: 11.71 deaths/1,000 live births (2002
                Life expectancy at birth: total population: 73.49 years
                                          female: 76.12 years (2002 est.)
                                          male: 70.9 years
                    Total fertility rate: 1.64 children born/woman (2002 est.)
        HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: 1.17% (1999 est.)
       HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/ 1,800 (1999 est.)
                       HIV/AIDS - deaths: 130 (1999 est.)
                             Nationality: noun: Barbadian(s) or Bajan
                                          adjective: Barbadian or Bajan
                           Ethnic groups: black 90%, white 4%, Asian and mixed
                               Religions: Protestant 67% (Anglican 40%,
                                          Pentecostal 8%, Methodist 7%, other
                                          12%), Roman Catholic 4%, none 17%,
                                          other 12%
                               Languages: English
                                Literacy: definition: age 15 and over has ever
                                          attended school
                                          total population: 97.4%
                                          male: 98%
                                          female: 96.8% (1995 est.)
     Government Barbados
                            Country name: conventional long form: none
                                          conventional short form: Barbados
                         Government type: parliamentary democracy; independent
                                          sovereign state within the
                                 Capital: Bridgetown
                Administrative divisions: 11 parishes; Christ Church, Saint
                                          Andrew, Saint George, Saint James,
                                          Saint John, Saint Joseph, Saint
                                          Lucy, Saint Michael, Saint Peter,
                                          Saint Philip, Saint Thomas; note -
                                          the city of Bridgetown may be given
                                          parish status
                            Independence: 30 November 1966 (from UK)
                        National holiday: Independence Day, 30 November (1966)
                            Constitution: 30 November 1966
                            Legal system: English common law; no judicial
                                          review of legislative acts
                                Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
                        Executive branch: chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II
                                          (since 6 February 1952), represented
                                          by Governor General Sir Clifford
                                          Straughn HUSBANDS (since 1 June
                                          head of government: Prime Minister
                                          Owen Seymour ARTHUR (since 6
                                          September 1994); Deputy Prime
                                          Minister Billie MILLER (since 6
                                          September 1994)
                                          cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the
                                          governor general on the advice of
                                          the prime minister
                                          elections: none; the monarch is
                                          hereditary; governor general
                                          appointed by the monarch; prime
                                          minister appointed by the governor
                      Legislative branch: bicameral Parliament consists of the
                                          Senate (21-member body appointed by
                                          the governor general) and the House
                                          of Assembly (28 seats; members are
                                          elected by direct popular vote to
                                          serve five-year terms)
                                          elections: House of Assembly - last
                                          held 20 January 1999 (next to be
                                          held by January 2004)
                                          election results: House of Assembly
                                          - percent of vote by party - NA%;
                                          seats by party - BLP 26, DLP 2
                         Judicial branch: Supreme Court of Judicature (judges
                                          are appointed by the Service
                                          Commissions for the Judicial and
                                          Legal Services)
           Political parties and leaders: Barbados Labor Party or BLP [Owen
                                          ARTHUR]; Democratic Labor Party or
                                          DLP [Clyde MASCOLL]; National
                                          Democratic Party or NDP [Richard
            Political pressure groups and Barbados Workers Union [Leroy
                                 leaders: TROTMAN]; Clement Payne Labor Union
                                          [David COMMISSIONG]; People's
                                          Progressive Movement [Eric SEALY];
                                          Worker's Party of Barbados [Dr.
                                          George BELLE]
               International organization ACP, C, Caricom, CCC, CDB, ECLAC,
                           participation: FAO, G-77, IADB, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU,
                                          ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO,
                                          IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, ISO, ITU,
                                          LAES, NAM, OAS, OPANAL, UN, UNCTAD,
                                          UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WIPO,
                                          WMO, WTrO
     Diplomatic representation in the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Michael
                                          Ian KING
                                          consulate(s): Los Angeles
                                          consulate(s) general: Miami and New
                                          FAX: [1] (202) 332-7467
                                          telephone: [1] (202) 939-9200
                                          chancery: 2144 Wyoming Avenue NW,
                                          Washington, DC 20008
       Diplomatic representation from the chief of mission: Ambassador
                                      US: (vacant); Charge d'Affaires Marcia
                                          embassy: Canadian Imperial Bank of
                                          Commerce Building, Broad Street,
                                          Bridgetown; (courier) ALICO
                                          Building-Cheapside, Bridgetown
                                          mailing address: P. O. Box 302,
                                          Bridgetown; CMR 1014, APO AA 34055
                                          telephone: [1] (246) 436-4950
                                          FAX: [1] (246) 429-5246
                        Flag description: three equal vertical bands of blue
                                          (hoist side), gold, and blue with
                                          the head of a black trident centered
                                          on the gold band; the trident head
                                          represents independence and a break
                                          with the past (the colonial coat of
                                          arms contained a complete trident)
     Economy Barbados
                      Economy - overview: Historically, the Barbadian economy
                                          had been dependent on sugarcane
                                          cultivation and related activities,
                                          but production in recent years has
                                          diversified into manufacturing and
                                          tourism. Offshore finance and
                                          information services are important
                                          foreign exchange earners, and there
                                          is also a light manufacturing
                                          sector. The government continues its
                                          efforts to reduce unemployment,
                                          encourage direct foreign investment,
                                          and privatize remaining state-owned
                                          enterprises. The economy contracted
                                          in 2001 due to slowdowns in tourism
                                          and consumer spending. Growth will
                                          remain anemic in 2002 with a
                                          recovery likely near the end of the
                                     GDP: purchasing power parity - $4 billion
                                          (2001 est.)
                  GDP - real growth rate: -2% (2001 est.)
                        GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $14,500
                                          (2001 est.)
             GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 6%
                                          industry: 16%
                                          services: 78% (2000 est.)
           Population below poverty line: NA%
       Household income or consumption by lowest 10%: NA%
                        percentage share: highest 10%: NA%
        Inflation rate (consumer prices): 3.5% (2001 est.)
                             Labor force: 128,500 (2001 est.)
             Labor force - by occupation: services 75%, industry 15%,
                                          agriculture 10% (1996 est.)
                       Unemployment rate: 10% (2001 est.)
                                  Budget: revenues: $847 million (including
                                          expenditures: $886 million,
                                          including capital expenditures of
                                          $NA (2000 est.)
                              Industries: tourism, sugar, light manufacturing,
                                          component assembly for export
       Industrial production growth rate: -3.2% (2000 est.)
                Electricity - production: 740 million kWh (2000)
      Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 100%
                                          hydro: 0%
                                          other: 0% (2000)
                                          nuclear: 0%
               Electricity - consumption: 688.2 million kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2000)
                  Agriculture - products: sugarcane, vegetables, cotton
                                 Exports: $272 million (2000)
                   Exports - commodities: sugar and molasses, rum, other foods
                                          and beverages, chemicals, electrical
                                          components, clothing
                      Exports - partners: Caribbean Community 43.2%, US 15.3%,
                                          UK 13.2% (2000)
                                 Imports: $1.16 billion (2000)
                   Imports - commodities: consumer goods, machinery,
                                          foodstuffs, construction materials,
                                          chemicals, fuel, electrical
                      Imports - partners: US 40.8%, Caribbean Community 19.8%,
                                          UK 8.1%, Japan 5.2%, Canada 4.2%
                         Debt - external: $425 million (2000 est.)
                Economic aid - recipient: $9.1 million (1995)
                                Currency: Barbadian dollar (BBD)
                           Currency code: BBD
                          Exchange rates: Barbadian dollars per US dollar -
                                          2.0000 (fixed rate pegged to the US
                             Fiscal year: 1 April - 31 March
     Communications Barbados
            Telephones - main lines in use: 108,000 (1997)
              Telephones - mobile cellular: 8,013 (1997)
                          Telephone system: general assessment: NA
                                            domestic: island-wide automatic
                                            telephone system
                                            international: satellite earth
                                            stations - 4 Intelsat (Atlantic
                                            Ocean); tropospheric scatter to
                                            Trinidad and Saint Lucia
                  Radio broadcast stations: AM 2, FM 3, shortwave 0 (1998)
                                    Radios: 237,000 (1997)
             Television broadcast stations: 1 (plus two cable channels) (1997)
                               Televisions: 76,000 (1997)
                     Internet country code: .bb
         Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 19 (2000)
                            Internet users: 6,000 (2000)
     Transportation Barbados
                                Railways: 0 km
                                Highways: total: 1,650 km
                                          paved: 1,628 km
                                          unpaved: 22 km (1998)
                               Waterways: none
                       Ports and harbors: Bridgetown, Speightstown (Port
                                          Charles Marina)
                         Merchant marine: total: 41 ships (1,000 GRT or over)
                                          totaling 629,987 GRT/1,073,991 DWT
                                          note: includes some foreign-owned
                                          ships registered here as a flag of
                                          convenience: Australia 1, Bahamas,
                                          The 1, Canada 4, Germany 1, Greece
                                          2, Hong Kong 7, Norway 7, United
                                          Kingdom 18 (2002 est.)
                                          ships by type: bulk 9, cargo 26,
                                          combination bulk 1, container 1,
                                          petroleum tanker 4
                                Airports: 1 (2001)
           Airports - with paved runways: total: 1
                                          over 3,047 m: 1 (2001)
     Military Barbados
                        Military branches: Royal Barbados Defense Force
                                           (including Ground Forces and Coast
                                           Guard), Royal Barbados Police Force
         Military manpower - availability: males age 15-49: 78,132 (2002 est.)
      Military manpower - fit for military males age 15-49: 53,532 (2002 est.)
            Military expenditures - dollar $NA
        Military expenditures - percent of NA%
     Transnational Issues Barbados
                Disputes - international: none
                           Illicit drugs: one of many Caribbean transshipment
                                          points for narcotics bound for
                                          Europe and the US

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