According to ALLCITYCODES.COM, the area code for Barbados is 246. It is located in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP), and is one of the countries in the NANP system that makes international calls to and from other countries. The 246 code is used to make calls within Barbados, as well as making international calls to and from other countries in the NANP system. The country has a number of landline operators such as Cable & Wireless, Digicel, Lime, Flow, Sunbeach Communications, and others, all of which offer competitive rates for local, regional, and international calls. In addition to landlines, there are several mobile networks in Barbados such as Cable & Wireless (GSM/UMTS/LTE), Digicel (GSM/UMTS/LTE), Lime (GSM/UMTS/LTE), Flow (GSM/UMTS/LTE) and Sunbeach Communications (CDMA). Customers can purchase prepaid sim cards from any of these providers in order to make calls to local numbers or international numbers within the NANP system. All of these networks offer competitive rates for both local and international calls. For those who need to make international calls from Barbados outside of the NANP system, there are several third-party service providers that offer competitive rates on making such calls. These include International Call Cards (ICC), which allow customers to purchase calling minutes at a discounted rate; World Phone Card International Calling Services; VoIP services such as Skype; prepaid calling cards; or through VoIP apps like Viber or Whatsapp. Barbados is a parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth of Nations. The government is based on the Westminster model, and the prime minister is the head of government. The Parliament of Barbados consists of two chambers: the House of Assembly, which has 30 members elected for a five-year term, and the Senate, which has 21 appointed members. Barbados also has an independent judiciary and a legal system based on English common law. The country is divided into 30 constituencies, each electing one member to represent them in the House of Assembly. Elections are held every five years unless they are dissolved prematurely by the Governor-General on advice from the Prime Minister. The ruling party in Parliament then forms a government, with its leader as Prime Minister. PROEXCHANGERATES: Features public policy of Barbados.