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Countries of the World: Dominica
Resources about Dominica including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Dominica GDP (2008): $364 million. GDP growth rate (2008): 3.2%. GDP growth rate (1998-2008): 0.8% Per capita GDP (2008): $5,082. Inflation of consumer prices (2008): 6.3%. Natural resources: timber, water (hydropower), copper. Agriculture (10% of GDP in 2005): Products--bananas, citrus, coconuts, cocoa, herbal oils and extracts. Manufacturing (3% of GDP in 2005): Types--agricultural processing, soap and other coconut-based products, apparel. Trade (2005): Exports--$39.0 million (merchandise) and $82.0 million (commercial services). Major markets--European Union (27.8%), Jamaica (12.7%), Antigua and Barbuda (11.3%), Trinidad and Tobago (9.0%), and Saint Lucia (6.8%). Imports-- $165 million (merchandise) and $49 million (commercial services). Major suppliers--United States (36.6%), Trinidad and Tobago (20.5%), China (19.4%), European Union (13.4%), and Japan (4.6%).

Geography of Dominica Area: 754 sq. km. (290 sq. mi.). Cities: Capital--Roseau (population 14,500). Terrain: Mountainous volcanic island with rainforest cover. Climate: Tropical.

Government of Dominica Type: Parliamentary democracy; republic within the Commonwealth. Independence: November 3, 1978. Constitution: November 1978. Branches: Executive--president (head of state), prime minister (head of government), cabinet. Legislative--unicameral House of Assembly. Judicial--magistrate and jury courts, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (High Court and Court of Appeals), Privy Council. Subdivisions: 10 parishes. Political parties: Dominica Labour Party (incumbent), United Workers Party. Suffrage: Universal at 18.

Map of Dominica This Map of Dominica shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Roseau the capital of Dominica. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)

Official Name of Dominica The Official Name of Dominica is the Commonwealth of Dominica. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Dominica Nationality: Noun and adjective--Dominican (Dom-i-NEE-can). Population (2008): 72,000. Annual growth rate (2005-2010): -3%. (Negative population growth is due to external migration.) Ethnic groups: Mainly of African descent, mixed Black and European, Syrian and some Carib Amerindians. Religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant (Methodist, Pentecostal, Seventh-Day Adventist, and Baptist), Islam, Baha'i, Rastafarianism, Anglican, Jehovah's Witnesses, Nazarene, Church of Christ, and Brethren Christian Churches. Languages: English (official); a French-based Creole is widely spoken. Education (2005): Adult literacy--94%. Health (2006): Infant mortality rate--13/1,000. Life expectancy--men 72 years; women 77.9 years. Has among the highest numbers of centenarians per capita in the world, with 22 confirmed cases. Work force (2005): 24,370. Unemployment (2005): 13.1%.

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