All residents have access to health care, and a social
insurance system was introduced in 1967. Visit AbbreviationFinder to see the definitions of BRB and acronym for Barbados.
The country's only prison had to be evacuated in April 2005
following serious devastation due to a prison riot that
lasted several days and cost 2 inmates life and 25 wounded -
including 6 prison guards. The prison riot was triggered
because authorities had rejected complaints of a prisoner's
sexual assault. Seventeen of the prisoners were charged with
After more than 20 years of dispute between Barbados and
Trinidad & Tobago on fishing rights, an arbitration court in
The Hague in April 2006 decided that the fishing area
between the two countries should be defined by a line drawn
in the middle of the sea between them.
The government declared in February 2007 that at the end
of the year, a Finance Commission was set up to "strengthen
the oversight and regulation of Barbados' financial
The parliamentary elections in January 2008 were won by
the DLP who got 20 seats in parliament, while the BLP had to
settle for 10. The BLP's 15-year monopoly on power was thus
broken. DLP chairman David Thompson was subsequently
deployed as prime minister.
Many Call Centers have moved from the US and Canada to
Barbados, which has benefited local employment.
Freundel Stuart became prime minister in October 2010
when David Thompson died of cancer. He joined the UN
Sustainability Panel in 2011.
Stuart's DLP won the parliamentary elections in February