Flag of Barbados

Barbados Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesBB, BRB, 052
Official NameBarbados
ContinentNorth America
Government TypeParliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy
CurrencyBarbadian dollar (BBD)
Calling Code+1 246
Member OfUnited Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, CARICOM, OAS
PopulationApprox. 287,000 (as of 2023)
Total Area430 square kilometers
Highest PointMount Hillaby (340 meters or 1,115 feet)
Lowest PointAtlantic Ocean (0 meters or 0 feet)
GDP Per CapitaApprox. $17,500 (as of 2023)
Life ExpectancyApprox. 79 years (as of 2023)
Internet TLD.bb

Barbadian National Anthem

In Plenty and In Time of Need

In plenty and in time of need
When this fair land was young
Our brave forefathers sowed the seed
From which our pride has sprung
A pride that makes no wanton boast
Of what it has withstood
That binds our hearts from coast to coast
The pride of nationhood
We loyal sons and daughters all
Do hereby make it known
These fields and hills beyond recall
Are now our very own
We write our names on history’s page
With expectations great
Strict guardians of our heritage
Firm craftsmen of our fate
The Lord has been the people’s guide
For past three hundred years
With Him still on the people’s side
We have no doubts or fears
Upward and onward we shall go
Inspired, exulting, free
And greater will our nation grow
In strength and unity

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Barbadian Flag

The flag of Barbados, known as “The Broken Trident”, was officially adopted on November 30, 1966, the day the country gained independence from Britain. The flag’s design and colors are rich in symbolism and reflect the cultural heritage and aspirations of the nation.

The flag consists of three vertical bands – two ultramarine bands on the outside and a gold band in the middle. The left ultramarine band features a black trident head, symbolizing Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. The trident head is broken, representing Barbados’ break from its colonial past. The three points of the trident symbolize the three principles of democracy – government of, for, and by the people.

The choice of colors is also symbolic. The ultramarine represents the ocean surrounding the island and the sky, while the gold middle band symbolizes the sand of the island’s beaches. The black color of the trident signifies the African heritage of most of the population.

The design of the flag was the result of a national competition to symbolize the new nation’s identity as it stepped into independence. Since its adoption, the Barbadian flag has been a symbol of national pride, representing the island’s natural beauty, its break from colonialism, and its commitment to democracy and self-governance.

The flag is flown widely across the island, especially on national holidays and significant events, and is a source of pride for Barbadians both at home and abroad. The flag of Barbados not only represents the nation’s past but also its present and future aspirations, embodying the spirit and resilience of its people.