Country Profile - Barbados

Name: Barbados

Location: Caribbean, Windward Islands

Time: IST (-) 9 1/2 hrs

Capital: Bridgetown

Language: English and Bajan

Area: 430 sq km (166 sq miles).

Population: 286,705 (July 2011 est.)

National Day: 30 November (Independence Day)

Currency: Barbados Dollar (BBD).

Climate: The balmy, tropical climate is cooled by constant sea breezes, but it is sunnier and drier than the other islands. The dry season is from December to June; during the so-called wet season (July to November) some brief rain showers are likely. Average sunshine hours per day: eight to ten from November to March and eight to nine from April to October.

Holidays: 1 Jan New Year's Day. 28 Apr National Heroes' Day. 1 May Labour Day. 1 Aug Emancipation Day. 30 Nov Independence Day. 25 Dec Christmas.

Airline Name: BWIA

International Airports: Grantley Adams ( BGI) (Barbados)