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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
Geography of Dominica
Area: 754 sq. km. (290 sq. mi.).
Cities: Capital--Roseau (population 14,500).
Terrain: Mountainous volcanic island with rainforest cover.
Government of Dominica
Type: Parliamentary democracy; republic within the
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),
Subdivisions: 10 parishes.
Political parties: Dominica Labour Party (incumbent), United
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
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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