Career focus: Working in Barbados
Ramon Salazar reports from an island where it's summer all year
Barbados is a beautiful tropical island 431 km2 in area lying in the Caribbean region close to the South American subcontinent. Its topography is generally flat along the white sandy coast and somewhat hilly in the interior, the highest point on the island being 336 m above sea level.1 This country began as an English sugar producing colony in the early 1600s and gained its independence in 1966. Today, tourism, sugar, and offshore businesses are the economic mainstay of the island. As a popular tourist destination, it is served by most major airlines, and the prosperity the island has enjoyed from tourism has contributed to a first rate infrastructure.
The population is roughly 266 100 (1997), with a density of 618.8 people per km.21 Education is free for all citizens between the ages of 5 and 16, and technical schools and a campus of the University of the West Indies