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Here are some interesting facts about Barbados - Category: Introduction - Background: The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. Slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.

Category: Government - Independence: 30 November 1966 (from UK)

Category: People - Literacy (%): definition: age 15 and over has ever attended school; total population: 99.7%; male: 99.7%; female: 99.7% (2002 estimate)

Category: Economy - Unemployment rate (%): 10.7% (2003 estimate)

Category: Geography - Location: Caribbean, island in the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela

Category: Transportation - Airports: 1 (2007)

Category: Communications - Radio broadcast stations: AM 2, FM 6, shortwave 0 (2004)

Category: Military - Military service age and obligation (years of age): 18 years of age for voluntary military service (younger requires parental consent); no conscription (2008)

Category: Transnational Issues - Illicit drugs: one of many Caribbean transshipment points for narcotics bound for Europe and the US; offshore financial center

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  1. Government - 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); elections: House of Assembly - last held 15 January 2008 (next to be called in 2013); election results: House of Assembly - percent of vote by party - DLP 52.5%, BLP 47.3%; seats by party - DLP 20, BLP 10

  2. Economy - Natural gas - proved reserves (cu m): 141.6 million cu m (1 January 2008 estimate)

  3. Military - Military expenditures (% of GDP): 0.5% of GDP (2006 estimate)

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook