Sovereign island country in the Lesser Antilles. It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 km (62 mi) east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; therein, it is about 168 km (104 mi) east of the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 400 km (250 mi) north-east of Trinidad and Tobago. Independent since 1966. Capital: Bridgetown. Currency: Barbadian dollar ($, BBD).