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Barbados

The United Nations Human Development Index (2011) ranked Barbados in the highest bracket “Very High Human Development”, well above the regional average for the Caribbean and Latin America. Visitors highlight the friendliness of Barbadians as the island’s greatest and most pleasing asset. This is reflected in the highest repeat visitor factor in the region of 39%. The people of Barbados have a history of long ingrained Christian principles, a sound and free educational system with a literacy rate of 97%. Barbados has the third oldest parliament in the world, with uninterrupted parliamentary governance since 1639. Barbados was the only vacation destination in this Hemisphere with a scheduled Concorde service. One of the retired British Airways concordes now resides at our international airport. Barbados is completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Barbados is 21 miles in length and 14 miles in width. Barbados is the only coral island in the region with all white sand beaches. Barbados has pure drinking water and was the first Caribbean island to have piped water. The island has excellent telecommunications systems, and our cultural diversity helps make the island so distinctively charming. Utilities are available 100% island-wide, and is easily accessible from everywhere. The maximum daily temperature is 75-90 °F year round. The island is consistently cooled by North-East trade winds

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