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

Economy of Dominican Republic GDP: $45.6 billion. Growth rate: 3.5%. Per capita GDP (est.): $4,815. Agriculture (7.7% of real GDP): Products--rice, poultry, sugar, banana, cocoa. Non-manufacturing industry (4.4% of real GDP): Construction and mining. Manufacturing industry (21.4% of real GDP): Beverages and tobacco, free trade zone (FTZ) textiles and wearing apparel, sugar, coke and refined petroleum products, grains. Services (54.1% of real GDP): Communications, trade, tourism, real estate, transport and storage. Trade: Exports--U.S. $5.463 billion (f.o.b.), including free trade zones: FTZ exports (textiles, electronic products, jewelry, tobacco, pharmaceuticals), cocoa, sugar, coffee, tobacco, minerals. Markets (2008)--U.S. (58.1%), Haiti, Western Europe. Imports--U.S. $12.283 billion (f.o.b.), including free trade zones: FTZ imports, fuels, miscellaneous consumer goods, automobiles and other lasting goods, food and foodstuffs. Suppliers (2008)--U.S. (39.2%), Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia.

Geography of Dominican Republic Area: 48,442 sq. km. (18,704 sq. mi.), about the size of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. Cities: Capital--Santo Domingo (pop. 2.25 million). Other city--Santiago de los Caballeros (908,230). Terrain: Mountainous. Climate: Maritime tropical.

Government of Dominican Republic Type: Representative democracy. Independence: February 27, 1844. Restoration of independence, August 16, 1863. Constitution: November 28, 1966 (amended July 25, 2002); 2010. Branches: Executive--president (chief of state and head of government), vice president, cabinet. Legislative--bicameral Congress (Senate and House of Representatives). Judicial-- Supreme Court of Justice. Subdivisions: 31 provinces and the National District of Santo Domingo. Political parties: Dominican Liberation Party (PLD), Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD), Social Christian Reformist Party (PRSC), and several others. Suffrage: Universal and compulsory, over 18 or married.

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

Official Name of Dominican Republic The Official Name of Dominican Republic is the Dominican Republic. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Dominican Republic Nationality: Noun and adjective--Dominican(s). Population (2009): 9.65 million. Annual population growth rate (2009): 3.5%. Ethnic groups: Mixed 73%, European 16%, African origin 11%. Religion: Roman Catholic 95%. Language: Spanish. Education: Years compulsory--6. Attendance--70%. Literacy-- 84.7%. Health: Infant mortality rate--19/1,000. Life expectancy--71 years for men, 73.1 years for women. Work force: 60.2% services (tourism, transportation, communications, finances, others), 15.5% industry (manufacturing), 11.5% construction, 11.3% agriculture, 1.5% mining.

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