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Barbados

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

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Barbados
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index36th best
CapitalBridgetown
Land Area1 430 km2
LocationNorth America, The Americas, Caribbean
GroupingsSmall Islands
Population2274 530
Life Expectancy377.007yrs (2012)
GNI3$17 308
ISO3166-1 Codes4BB, BRB, 52
Internet Domain5.bb
Currency6Dollar (BBD)
Telephone7+

1. Overview

The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. African 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.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Barbados National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
35Slovakia84.078.6
36Qatar83.476.4
37Hungary83.174.9
38Barbados82.579.1
39Poland82.179.0
40Chile81.972.0
41UAE81.872.9
42Lithuania81.877.7
43Portugal81.673.3
44Latvia81.474.2
45Argentina81.172.7
46Seychelles80.676.8
47Croatia80.577.1
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden88.9
2Iceland87.4
3Denmark87.2
...
33Italy69.9
34Antigua & Barbuda69.9
35Lithuania69.6
36Barbados69.2
37Latvia69.1
38Costa Rica68.7
39Israel68.5
40Seychelles68.4
41St Kitts & Nevis68.1
42Bahamas67.9
43Uruguay67.7
44St Lucia67.3
45Brunei67.2
46Malta67.1
Data Source

The United Nations produces an annual Human Development Report which includes the Human Development Index. The factors taken into account include life expectancy, education and schooling and Gross National Income (GNI) amongst many others. The values in the chart are factored by 100.

The Social and Moral Development Index is a formulaic aggregation of many factors. It concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism. A country scores higher for achieving well in those areas, and for sustaining that achievement in the long term. Those countries towards the top of this index can truly said to be setting good examples and leading humankind onwards into a bright, humane, and free future. See: "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" by Vexen Crabtree (2017).

3. Population and Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy (at birth)
1Japan83.6
2Hong Kong83
3Switzerland82.5
...
44Mexico77.1
45Albania77.1
46Maldives77.1
47Barbados77
48Croatia76.8
49UAE76.7
50Panama76.3
51Poland76.3
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
61Mauritius1.6
62Panama2.4
63Peru2.4
64Barbados1.6
65China1.6
66Serbia1.6
67Libya2.4
68Cambodia2.4
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
171Iceland328 2903
172Maldives324 3131081
173Belize324 29214
174Barbados274 530638
175Vanuatu251 67421
176Samoa184 77265
177St Lucia177 794291
Data Source

Barbados's population is predicted to rise to 280 693 by 2030. This rise is despite a low fertility rate, meaning, that this country is helping to alleviate problems with growing population in neighbouring countries by accepting immigrants, very likely as a requirement of maintaining an active workforce. This country has a fertility rate of 1.57.

The fertility rate is, in simple terms, the average amount of children that each woman has. The higher the figure, the quicker the population is growing, although, to calculate the rate you also need to take into account morbidity, i.e., the rate at which people die. If people live healthy and long lives and morbidity is low, then, 2.0 approximates to the replacement rate, which would keep the population stable. If all countries had such a fertility rate, population growth would end. The actual replacement rate in most developed countries is around 2.1.

4. Gender Equality

Female Vote and Stand
1New Zealand1893
2Australia1902
3Finland1906
...
81Costa Rica1949
82India1950
83Haiti1950
84Barbados1950
85Grenada1951
86Nepal1951
87Dominica1951
88St Kitts & Nevis1951
Gender Equality
1Netherlands0.04
2Sweden0.05
3Denmark0.06
...
58Ukraine0.34
59Armenia0.34
60Oman0.34
61Barbados0.34
62Costa Rica0.35
63Cuba0.36
64Kyrgyzstan0.36
65Maldives0.36
Data Source

Gender inequality is not a necessary part of early human development. Although a separation of roles is almost universal due to different strengths between the genders, this does not have to mean that women are subdued, and, such patriarchialism is not universal in ancient history. Those cultures and peoples who shed, or never developed, the idea that mankind ought to dominate womankind, are better cultures and peoples than those who, even today, cling violently to those mores.

The 1950s saw a late rush of 43 countries, including Barbados and many developing nations, move to cease preventing women from voting. Barbados has made some steps towards ending gender inequality but much more needs to be done.

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5. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below9:

Christian95.2%
Muslim1%
Hindu0.4%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.1%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated1.9%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Protestant 63.4% (Anglican 28.3%, Pentecostal 18.7%, Methodist 5.1%, other 11.3%), Roman Catholic 4.2%, other Christian 7%, other 4.8%, none or unspecified 20.6% (2008 est.)10.

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6. The Internet

Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
28Hong Kong71.85
29Latvia71.51
30Singapore71.13
31Barbados70.03
32Ireland69.77
33Slovenia69.34
34Czech Rep.68.64
35Spain65.81
Data Source

Internet access has become an essential research tool. It facilitates an endless list of life improvements, from the ability to network and socialize without constraint, to access to a seemingly infinite repository of technical and procedural information on pretty much any task. The universal availability of data has sped up industrial development and personal learning at the national and personal level. Individuals can read any topic they wish regardless of the locality of expert teachers, and, entire nations can develop their technology and understanding of the world simply because they are now exposed to advanced societies and moral discourses online. Like every communications medium, the Internet has issues and causes a small range of problems, but these are insignificant compared to the advantages of having an online populace.

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7. More Charts and Comparisons to Other Countries

Economic Freedom
1Hong Kong9.0
2Singapore8.8
3New Zealand8.4
...
70Ghana7.0
71Mongolia7.0
72Papua New Guinea7.0
73Barbados6.9
74Turkey6.9
75Trinidad & Tobago6.9
76Indonesia6.9
77Kenya6.9
Data Source
Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
149Bahamas11
150Swaziland11
151Cuba11
152Barbados11
153Thailand11
154Zimbabwe11
155Vatican City10
156Vietnam10
Data Source
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
45Bahrain$19 154
46Poland$17 776
47Estonia$17 402
48Barbados$17 308
49Lithuania$16 858
50Hungary$16 088
51Croatia$15 419
52Argentina$15 347
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
174Dominica-90
175St Vincent & Grenadines-100
176Jamaica-100
177Barbados-100
178Grenada-100
179St Kitts & Nevis-100
180Tonga-100
181S. Sudan-100
Data Source

Current edition: 2013 May 01
http://www.humantruth.info/barbados.html
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References: (What's this?)

CIA
(2013) World Factbook. The USA Government's Central Intelligence Agency (USA CIA) publishes The World Factbook, and the online version is frequently updated.

Crabtree, Vexen
(2017) "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" (2017). Accessed 2017 Feb 20.

United Nations
(2011) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All. Published on the United Nation's website at hdr.undp.org/.../HDR_2011_EN_Complete.pdf (accessed throughout 2013, Jan-Mar). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.
(2013) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. Published on the United Nation's HDR website at hdr.undp.org/.../hdr2013/ (accessed throughout 2013). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.

Footnotes

  1. World Bank data on data.worldbank.org accessed 2013 Nov 04.^
  2. UN (2011) .^
  3. UN (2013) .^
  4. International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard ISO3166-1, on www.iso.org, accessed 2013 May 01.^
  5. Top level domains (TLDs) are managed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) on www.iana.org.^
  6. According to ISO4217.^
  7. According to ITU-T.^
  8. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bb.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  9. Pew Forum (2012) publication "The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World´s Major Religious Groups as of 2010" (2012 Dec 18) accessed 2013 May 01.^
  10. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ar.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^

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