Coordinates: 13°10′N 59°33′W / 13.167°N 59.550°W / 13.167; -59.550

Barbados (i/bɑːrˈbdɒs/ or /bɑːrˈbds/) is a sovereign island country in the Lesser Antilles, in the Americas. It is 34 kilometres (21 mi) in length and up to 23 kilometres (14 mi) in width, covering an area of 432 square kilometres (167 sq mi). It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 kilometres (62 mi) east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; therein, it is about 168 kilometres (104 mi) east of the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 400 kilometres (250 mi) north-east of Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados is outside of the principal Atlantic hurricane belt. Its capital is Bridgetown.

Inhabited by Kalingo people since the 13th century, and prior to that by other Amerindians, Barbados was visited by Spanish navigators in the late 15th century and claimed for the Spanish Crown. It first appears on a Spanish map from 1511. The Portuguese visited the island in 1536, but they left it unclaimed, with their only remnants being an introduction of wild hogs for a good supply of meat whenever the island was visited. An English ship, the Olive Blossom, arrived in Barbados in 1625; its men took possession of it in the name of King James I. In 1627, the first permanent settlers arrived from England, and it became an English and later British colony.

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Class-action suit to be filed against CXC over 2020 exams

Jamaica Star 19 Jan 2021
Bridgetown, Barbados (CMC) – A law firm in Barbados has agreed to represent students affected by last year’s controversial grading of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), in a class-action suit against the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC)....

Canadians stranded in Barbados urge feds to extend COVID test timeline

Toronto Sun 13 Jan 2021
An Ottawa man stranded in Barbados wants Transport Canada to extend the time window that a COVID-19 test is valid in order to account for delays in testing in the Caribbean country ... Dan and his wife travelled to the Caribbean island in mid-November to visit his in-laws, who live in Barbados during the winter ... 26, according to the Barbados government....

Zara Holland leaves Barbados without her boyfriend Elliott Love after paying fine

The News International 08 Jan 2021
Love Island star Zara Holland reportedly fled Barbados leaving her boyfriend locked up in Covid isolation unit ... Zara Holland avoids jail but handed a £4,417 fine after breaking coronavirus laws....

Love Island’s Zara Holland dodges jail and receives £4k fine after breaking coronavirus quarantine in Barbados

Metro UK 06 Jan 2021
Hours before Holland was due to appear in court, BarbadosPrime Minister Mia Mottley said tourists will be ‘held accountable’ for breaking the laws and stated her government is prepared to take ‘necessary action’ against those who flout guidelines ... Zara Holland among tourists to be ‘held accountable’, says Barbados PM....

Love Island contestant Zara Holland risks prison after breaking Barbados Covid laws

AOL 04 Jan 2021
Zara Holland could face prison time after she and her partner Elliott Love, breached Covid laws in Barbados ... Barbados – which has recorded just 383 Covid cases and seven deaths from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic – requires all visitors from high and medium-risk countries to be tested on arrival....

Funeral service for Emma McManus to be held next Friday

Irish Independent 01 Jan 2021
A funeral service for Emma McManus, a daughter-in-law of Irish horse racing magnate JP McManus, who died suddenly in Barbados, is to take place on the Caribbean island next Friday ... A funeral service is scheduled to take place at Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens, Barbados, on Friday 8th January at 10am local time (2pm Irish time)....

EDITORIAL: Digital nomads offer an opportunity

Taipei Times 14 Dec 2020
Caribbean nations such as Barbados, the Bahamas and, most recently, Anguilla, are luring applicants with the promise of making their beach paradise Zoom backgrounds real, while Estonia is offering the EU’s firstDigital Nomad Visa” to complement freelance visas in the Czech Republic, Germany and Spain....

Time for Jamaicans to finally deal with thorny issues

Jamaica Observer 08 Oct 2020
... issues of same-sex unions and the outdated buggery law need to be dealt with ... Only last month Jamaican churches came out in strong opposition to reports out of Barbados suggesting that country's Government is supportive of changing their laws to allow same-sex unions....

Can more countries stop recognizing Queen Elizabeth II?

Metro USA 20 Sep 2020
Aiming at November 2021, before it celebrates the 55th anniversary of independence from British rule, Barbados recently announced its intention to sever ties with the royal family and become a republic ... Metro spoke with Anne Twomey, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Sydney, Australia about the challenges of severing these ties.....

Rihanna’s fans call for singer to replace The Queen as Barbados’ head of state

NME 18 Sep 2020
Rihanna‘s fans have called for the singer to replace The Queen as Barbados’ next head of state, after it was it confirmed that the monarch will be removed when the Caribbean island becomes a republic ... Big up Barbados for this ... — shakira law (@shakiraIaw) September 17, 2020 ... Rihanna for queen of Barbados!

Queen’s removal as head of state is matter for people of Barbados, says palace

Irish Independent 16 Sep 2020
Buckingham Palace has said Barbados’s intention to remove the Queen as head of state and become a republic is a “matter for the government and people” of the Commonwealth country. Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason set out the plan in the “Throne Speech” which traditionally marks the state opening of the Barbados parliament....

‘PhilHealth IT systems can’t detect fraud’

Manila Bulletin 20 Aug 2020
Aside Aragona, Perete said two other PhilHealth officials testified before the task force Wednesday — Corporate Secretary Jonathan Mangaoang and Fact-Finding Investigation and Enforcement Division (FFIED) acting Senior Manager Ernesto Barbado. Though the law creating ......

Emancipation Day – A Reminder That Caribbean Still Needs Justice, Repair

Human Rights 03 Aug 2020
In Barbados, for example, formerly enslaved people and their descendants were excluded from purchasing land under the colonial Contract Law. The effects of the law continued after independence and by 1970, an estimated 77% of land in Barbados rested in the hands of the wealthiest 10% of the country’s landowners....