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Area: 430 sq km; 166 sq miles
Population: 285,000
Capital City: Bridgetown
Independence: 20 Nov 1966
Last Election: 24 May 2018
Next Election: May 2023
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Key Country Facts
Government Type Parliamentary democracy; independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth
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Independence 30 November 1966 (from the UK) | Learn more »
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Constitution 30 November 1966 | Learn more »
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Legal system English common law; no judicial review of legislative acts; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations | Learn more »
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Suffrage 18 years of age; universal
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Executive Branch Head of State: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor-General Dame Sandra MASON (since 8 January 2018) | Learn more »

Head of Government: Prime Minister Mia MOTTLEY (since 25 May 2018) | Learn more »

Cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the Governor-General on the advice of the Prime Minister | Learn more »
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Legislative Branch

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) | Learn more »

Elections: House of Assembly - last held on 21 February 2013 (next to be called in 2018) | Learn more »

Election results: House of Assembly - percent of vote by party - BLP 72.8%, BLP 22.1%; seats by party - BLP 30, DLP 0
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Judicial Branch Supreme Court of Judicature consists of a High Court and a Court of Appeal (judges are appointed by the Service Commissions for the Judicial and Legal Services); Caribbean Court of Justice or CCJ is the highest court of appeal; based in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago | Learn more »
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 Background on political parties and related groups
 Independence Feature Learn more
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 Background on Road to Independence
 Independence Day Addresses Learn more
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 Address by leaders for Independence Day
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 Speech for the Cermonial Opening of Parliament
  National Strategies and Policies Learn more
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 Strategies and Policies by Sector
  Treaties Learn more
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 Bilateral and multilateral treaties
  UN General Assembly Statements Learn more
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 Addresses to the UN General Assembly
Media & Links
MEDIA TITLE TYPE NOTES
Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC TV8) Television Government-owned station
CBC Radio 900 AM Radio Government-owned station
The One 98.1 Radio Government-owned station
Quality 100.7 Radio Government-owned station
Capital Media HD 99.3 FM Radio Commercial station
BBS FM Radio Commercial station
Faith 102 Radio Commercial station
Hott 95.3 Radio Commercial station
Voice of Barbados Radio Commercial station
Love 104.1 Radio Commercial station
Gospel 97.5 FM Radio Commercial station
Mix 96.9 Radio Commercial station
Q 1010.1 Radio Commercial station
Y 103.3 FM Radio Commercial station
Caribbean News Agency (Cana) News Agency Public-private agency in English-speaking Caribbean
Barbados Advocate Press Daily newspaper
Barbados Today Press Online newspaper
The Nation Press Daily newspaper
Broad Street Journal Press Business newspaper
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