President Kenyatta is in Barbados Island in a bid to foster cooperation between the two countries. Many Kenyans do not know about the existence of this little known country. Here are some of the facts about the Caribbean island.
Barbados is on the eastern island and an independent British Commonwealth nation. It is 34km in length and up to 23km in width, covering an area of 432km². The country is planning to remove Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and become a republic by November 2021.
1. R&B pop star Rihanna was born in the country
Rihanna was born on the island on February 20 1988. Her birth certificate calls her Robyn Fenty.
2. Has the world's third-oldest parliament
Barbados's parliament has been in operation since 1639. It is a bicameral house consisting of the Senate and House of Assembly.
3. Popular tourists destination
The small island receives more than a million visitors each year. Income from tourism accounts for 22% of the gross national product.
4. Country's capital city is the UNESCO World Heritage Site
Established in 1628, Bridgetown is the beating heart of Barbados. There are many oldest buildings in the city.
5. Densely populated country
It is the 16th populated country in the world with a density of 668 people per km². The current population is less than 290,000 base on UN data. The majority of the people are of African descent who were taken during the slave trade.
6. Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of State
Barbados is a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy, recognising the head of the Commonwealth as its head of state just like Great Britain.
7. Third literacy rate in the world
Barbados has a literacy rate of 99.7%. School is compulsory up to the age of 16.
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