Barbados falls into category two out of four
when the United Nations ranks development in the world's
countries. It means a country of high development, and
Barbados is also ranked highest among the countries of
the Caribbean (and Central America). The Barbadians have
well-developed health care and a high level of
education. However, this does not prevent small pockets
of poverty in the country.
Violence and drug trafficking are serious problems.
The homicide rate is among the lowest in the Caribbean,
but is still twice as high as in the United States.
Another social problem is the widespread violence
Countryaah Official Site:
Official statistics for population in Barbados, including population growth, density, and estimation in next 50 years.
The social insurance system includes unemployment
insurance, health insurance, parental benefit and
old-age pension. Children have free medical and dental
care. The retirement age was gradually increased from 65
to 67 years between 2006 and 2018.
Gay acts are prohibited by law and can formally lead
to life imprisonment. The law has not been applied in
recent years, but the tolerance is low in society for
LGBT people. However, according to a 2018 ruling in the
Human Rights Court (IACHR) that belongs to the OAS
regional organization, same-sex marriage must be
approved by all countries that have signed the US Human
Rights Convention, including Barbados.
FACTS - SOCIAL CONDITIONS
11 per 1000 births (2018)
Percentage of HIV infected
1.5 percent (2018)
Proportion of HIV infected among young women
0.2 percent (2018)
Proportion of HIV infected among young men
0.3 percent (2018)
Proportion of population with access to clean
98.1 percent (2015)
Proportion of the population having access to
97.3 percent (2017)
Public expenditure on health care as a
percentage of GDP
7.5 percent (2015)
Public expenditure on health care per person
US $ 1,164 (2016)
Proportion of women in parliament
20 percent (2018)