Quick Facts

  • Officially known as the Commonwealth of Dominica
  • On November 3, 1493, Christopher Columbus named the island after the day he spotted it, a Sunday (Dominica in Latin)
  • Gained independence from Great Britain on November 3, 1978
  • Location:  Caribbean, island between Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about half way between Puerto Rico  and Trinidad and Tobago
  • Area:  290 sq. miles, slightly more than 4x the size of Washington, D.C.
  • Population:  73,126
  • Capital and largest city:  Roseau, approximately 14,000
  • Climate:  tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds; heavy rainfall
  • Terrain:  rugged mountains of volcanic origin
  • Nationality:  Dominican
  • Ethnic groups:  black 86.8%, mixed 8.9%, Carib Amerindian 2.9%
  • Language:  English (official)
  • Religions:  Roman Catholic 61.4%, Protestant 20.6%  others
  • Literacy:  94% age 15 and over can read and write
  • Economy:  the economy was dependent on agriculture – primarily bananas-in years past, but increasingly has been driven by tourism as the government seeks to promote Dominica as an ecotourism destination.
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • Dominica has a parliamentary democracy
  • Chief of State:  President Nicholas J.O. Liverpool – elected by the House of Assembly (who are elected by popular vote)
  • Head of Government:  Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit (appointed by the President)


Healthcare Statistics

  • Life expectancy:  76.18 years
  • Health expenditures:  5.9% of GDP
  • Physicians density:  0.5 physicians/1,000 population
  • Hospital bed density:  3.8 beds/1,000 population
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm


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