Barbados has eleven parishes and its official language is English. Bridgetown, the island’s capital city located on the southwestern coast, is also the main seaport and has been a hub of commercial activity and trade for the past four centuries. Recently listed as a UNESCO world heritage site for its beauty and historical significance, Bridgetown and its Garrison represent the rich heritage which Barbadians hold dear.
The island ranks high on the Human Development Index, well above the regional average for Latin America & the Caribbean due to its excellent infrastructure, well educated population and overall high standard of living. Barbados boasts of its stable political system, having the third oldest parliament in the world, with uninterrupted parliamentary governance since 1639. With direct flights from many international cities such as London, Manchester, New York, Miami, Sao Paulo, Toronto and Montreal, the island is easily accessible from all around.
The local currency is the Barbadian Dollar, which is fixed to the U.S. Dollar at a rate of $1.98 BDS to $1.00 U.S.