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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
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).
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
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%.
Education: Years compulsory--6. Attendance--70%. Literacy--
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%
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