Barbados is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela covering an area of approximately 430 sq km and with 97 km of coastline. Its terrain is relatively flat, rising gently to a central highland region. The country is divided into 11 parishes (Christ Church, Saint Andrew, Saint George, Saint James, Saint John, Saint Joseph, Saint Lucy, Saint Michael, Saint Peter, Saint Philip and Saint Thomas) and one city (Bridgetown). Bridgetown is the capital, with a time difference of 4 hours behind that of GMT. The currency is the Barbadian dollar, and exports include sugar and molasses, rum, other foods and beverages, chemicals, electrical components and clothing. The population of approximately 285,000 people comprises an ethnic makeup that is 90% black. The primary language is English (Bajan, an English-African dialect, is widely used), and the predominant religion is Christianity.