People in Bridgetown, Barbados. Editorial credit: Solarisys /


Barbados is a democracy that regularly holds competitive elections and upholds civil liberties. Challenges include official corruption and a lack of government transparency, discrimination against LGBT+ people, violent crime, and poverty.

Freedom in the World 2023

Freedom in the World —Barbados Country Report

Barbados is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.