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Barbados is a sovereign island country in the Lesser Antilles. It is 34 kilometres (21 miles) in length and up to 23 kilometres (14 miles) in width, covering an area of 432 square kilometres (167 sq miles). It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 kilometres (62 miles) east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; therein, it is about 168 kilometres (104 miles) east of the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 400 kilometres (250 miles) north-east of Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados is outside of the principal Atlantic hurricane belt. [Wikipedia]