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The population density is 669 / km² (2017). The country is thus overpopulated, and the population is still increasing, with a growth rate of 0.28% per year (2017). Life expectancy is 75.5 years (2017).

Barbados currently has 292,363 (2017) inhabitants, making it one of the most densely populated islands in the Caribbean. More than 31% of the population lives in the city or in the suburbs of Bridgetown. The non-urban part of the population mainly lives in wooden houses around the large farms. There are only a few villages with stone houses. About ninety percent of the population was born out of wedlock. Often only the mother and grandmother are involved in the upbringing, the father plays only a minor role.


The inhabitants of Barbados are largely Black and call themselves Bayans. This name, like the name of the island, is derived from the trees that the Portuguese found here when they discovered the island.


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The official language of Barbados is English. English is used in legal matters. In business and education, in the media and in public services, both as written and spoken language. Although English has official language status, it is not as widely spoken among the islanders as the Bajan dialect.

In an informal setting, Bajan is mainly spoken, which is an English-based creole language. Bajan is recognized among islanders as their native language and an integral part of their culture.


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About 49.4% of the population is Christian. Besides the Anglicans (26.3%) there are many Christians in Barbados who belong to the so-called revival churches.

Besides Christianity, one also finds other religions in Barbados, such as Hinduism and Islam.


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