Note: On October 4, 2010, Prime Minister David Thompson, suffering from pancreatic cancer, announced a cabinet reshuffle in which his ministerial responsibilities were reduced. Thompson died on October 23, and he was succeeded by Deputy Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who appointed a largely unchanged cabinet.
Political Status: Independent member of the Commonwealth since November 30, 1966.
Area: 166 sq. mi. (431 sq. km.).
Population: 250, 010 (2000C); 277, 000 (2010E). The 2000 figure does not include an adjustment for underenumeration.
Major Urban Center (2005E): BRIDGETOWN (urban area, 142, 000).
Official Language: English.
Monetary Unit: Barbados Dollar (official rate November 1, 2010: 2.00 dollars = $1US).
Sovereign: Queen ELIZABETH II.
Governor General: Sir Clifford HUSBANDS; succeeded Dame Ruth Nita BARROW, who died December 19, 1995.
Prime Minister: (See headnote.) David THOMPSON (Democratic Labour Party); sworn ...