Barbados

What would you like the youth of America to know?

I should like them to know that Barbados is a small country that punches above its weight due to an incredible human resource endowment of people who are generally well educated and well behaved. We share our country with the many tourists whom we welcome each year, and many of whom are repeat visitors. They say that the reason for their love of Barbados is our people. We thank God for our many blessings and extend our warmest wishes to young people like you who wish to make a difference in the world!


What they sent me:
I have so much respect for world leaders who took time from running their countries to answer me. The letter from the Prime Minister of Barbados was probably the sweetest response I got. He explained that people are Barbados' greatest asset, and his letter alone makes me believe it.

It was weird to see the United States referred to by the Prime Minister as "the most powerful country in the world." Growing up in America, I never thought of it that way; I just thought of it as home. I don't think power is something young people think about having, but I hope that as our generation matures, we can use whatever power we find ourselves with for the good of the entire world.


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Barbados is the eastern-most Caribbean island, a favorable position since most of the Atlantic Ocean's hurricanes pass it by. It's a small island, just 166 square miles, or 21 miles long and 14 miles wide; or as they say in Barbados, "21 miles long and a smile wide." The nation of almost 300,000 people enjoys a literacy rate of 98 percent, one of the highest in the world. Its official language is English, and if the letter from the Prime Minister is any indication (he included his email address), the people are very friendly and open.

According to Barbados.org, "Barbadians (also known as Bajans) will surprise with their warmth, casual charm and sophistication. The island is a reflection of its people. Here the simple chattel house sits boldly in the splendor of wealthy estates. The beach vendor will happily discuss the meaning of life with anyone, from Pope to movie star. They usually have an inspired point of view."


The site continues, "Barbadians are different to other Caribbean personalities in many ways. They are most spiritual and religiously conscious. They are by nature open, thoughtful and generous. They love a party but will have time for anyone, they like people, no matter what background, race, and disposition."



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Official Name
Barbados

Government
Parliamentary Democracy

Current Leader
Prime Minister
Freundel Stuart




• A lawyer by profession, Stuart's personal interests include poetry, classical literature & history

• Stuart is a member of the UN Global Panel on Sustainability

Recommended sites
Visit Barbados
www.visitbarbados.org