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Destination Dominica, a virtual travel guide to the "Nature Island of the Caribbean". The former British colony is the largest of the Windward Islands. This page aims to give you a summary of Dominica's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile this page contains links to sources that will provide you with in-depth information about this nation in the West Indies, e.g.: official web sites of Dominica, addresses of Dominican embassies, island- and country guides with travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Dominica.

Dominica - Nature Island of the Caribbean
Nature Island of the Caribbean © dominica.dm
 

Commonwealth of Dominica | Waitikubuli

Country Profile


Flag of Dominica
Flag of Dominica

Background:
Dominica is part of the Windward Islands, the southern group of the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies. It was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans, due chiefly to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs. France ceded possession to Great Britain in 1763, which made the island a colony in 1805. In 1980, two years after independence, Dominica's fortunes improved when a corrupt and tyrannical administration was replaced by that of Mary Eugenia CHARLES, the first female prime minister in the Caribbean, who remained in office for 15 years. Some 3,000 Carib Indians still living on Dominica are the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean.

Windward Islands: Dominica, Grenada, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
 
where in the Caribbean is Dominica

Official Name:
Commonwealth of Dominica
short form: Dominica (Pronounced Dom-in-ee-ka)
Carib name: Waitikubuli (Meaning: Tall is her Body)

ISO Country Code: dm

Time:
Local Time = UTC -4h
Actual Time: Thu-July-24  21:33

Country Calling Code: +1 767

Capital City: Roseau (pronounced rose-oh) (population 13,500)

Main towns: Canefield (3,400), Portsmouth (3,300), Marigot (2,700), Salisbury (2,500), Atkinson (2,300), Berekua (2,100), St Joseph (1,900), Castle Bruce (1,900), Wesley (1,600) and Mahaut (1,200)..

Government:
Type: Parliamentary democracy; republic within commonwealth.
Independence: 3 November 1978 (from UK).
Constitution: November 1978.

Geography:
Location: Eastern Caribbean; North of Martinique and South of Guadeloupe.
Area: 751 kmĀ² (290 sq. mi)
Roseau (population 14,500).
Terrain: Mountainous volcanic island with rainforest cover.

Climate: Tropical; climate and temperatures can vary drastically dependent upon the season and region.

People:
Nationality: Dominican (Dom-i-nee-can).
Population: 71,000 (2011 census)
Ethnic groups: Mainly African descent, some Carib Indians.
Religions: Roman Catholic (80%), Anglican, other Protestant denominations.
Languages: English. A french based Creole (Patois) is widely spoken by residents.
Literacy: 94%

Natural resources: Timber, hydropower, arable land.

Agriculture products: Bananas, citrus, mangoes, root crops, coconuts, cocoa; forest and fishery potential not exploited.

Industries: Soap, coconut oil, tourism, copra.

Exports partners: UK 21.6%, Jamaica 14.8%, Antigua and Barbuda 8.8%, Guyana 7.5%, Japan 5.4%, Trinidad and Tobago 4.8%, USA 4.3%, Saint Lucia 4% (2004).

Imports partners: China 20.4%, USA 16.8%, Trinidad and Tobago 12.3%, UK 6.9%, South Korea 4.6%, Japan 4.3% (2004)

Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)


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Official Sites of Dominica

Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica
The Official Government Website of Dominica.

Office of the Prime Minister
Dominica's Prime Minister's Office.

House of Assembly
The office of the House of Assembly.

Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth of Nations - Dominica official website.

Weather
Dominica Meteorological Service
Dominica's official weather.


Maps
Map of Dominica
Shaded relief map of Dominica.
Google Earth Google Earth Dominica
Searchable map and satellite view of Dominica.
Google Earth Google Earth Roseau
Searchable map and satellite view of Dominica's capital city.

Map of Central America and the Caribbean
Reference Map of Central America and the Caribbean. 



Dominica - Rain forest and waterfalls
Rain forests and waterfalls on Dominica.
 

News

News Dominica
Dominican community web site provides also regional news.

Radio
Dominica Broadcasting Services
DBS radio station.

Kairi FM
Kairi radio station offers also Dominica news.
 

 

Arts & Culture

Dominica World Creole Music Festival
Official website of the annual World Creole Music Festival.

Music
Mas Domnik - Dominica's Carnival
Band Splash, Calypso Monarch Competition, Dominican Pan.
Dominica Carnival
The Real Mas!
Free Joseph
Dominica born Rrasta singer and musician of the first order.
Pan by The Bay
When Steel Talks, Dominican Steel Pan.

Indigenous Dominica - The Caribs
Carib Territory: home to the Kalinago (Carib) Indians who once ruled the entire Eastern Caribbean.
Lennox Honychurch's Dominica
Art, Articles, Culture, History and Resources about Dominica.
 
Indigenous village
Indigenous village © dominica.dm
 

Business & Economy

Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
Dominica is ECCB Member.

DEXIA - Dominica Export Import Agency
The Dominica Export Import Agency is responsible for Promotion, Development and Export of agricultural, agro-processing and manufactured products.


Dominica Bureau Of Standards
The Dominica Bureau Of Standards aim is to improve the Global Competitiveness of Dominica Goods and Services through the Promotion and Maintenance of Standards and Standard-related Activities.
 

Destination Dominica - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Dominica: Emerald Pool, Trafalgar Falls, Titou Gorge, Boiling Lake, Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Woodford Hill Beach.
Dominica is for the Nature Enthusiasts, those seeking adventure in nature and who want to get-away-from-it all!
A number of nature oriented activities are offered on the island, these include: Hiking, Trekking, River Bathing, Bird watching, Whale Watching, Scuba Diving, Botany Explorations.


Dominica
Dominica. Nature Island of the Caribbean, information from the official tourism website about Festivals and Events, Island Activities and more.

Community Tourism in Dominica
The programme seeks to build the necessary linkages between tourism and the agricultural and rural sectors.


More Dominica information:
Images Dominica
Underwater and Landscape images.
Dominica Guide
Information for tourists visiting Dominica.
Nature Island Destinations
Island visitor information.
A Virtual Dominica
Comprehensive guide to the island.
Visit Dominica
Facts & FAQs from and about Dominica.


Accommodation
Carib Territory Guest House
Kallinago and Creole Cuisine.
Jungle Bay Resort & Spa
Offers a Jungle Spa Adventure Package.
Papillote Wilderness Retreat
Rain forest Eco-inn.
 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Dominica Beach
A natural hot pool at the beach © dominica.dm

Education

Dominica Academy of Arts and Sciences
Non-profit organisation disigned to augment the development effort in the Commonwealth of Dominica by propelling new initiatives in arts and sciences that would enhance the quality of life on the island.
Dominica State College
Formerly Clifton Dupigny Community College, is a national college, located in the northern part of Roseau.
University of the West Indies Centre
Information on the Dominica University Centre.
 
 

Environment

Morne Trois Pitons National Park
A UNESCO World Heritage site.

Caribbean Agricultural Research & Development Institute - CARDI
With membership composed of the twelve CARICOM nations, CARDI is committed to improving the quality of lives of the people of the Caribbean Region through agricultural research and innovation without compromising, biodiversity, biosafety, environment sustainability, and human health..

Eastern Caribbean Coalition for Environmental Awareness (not online)
Overall objective of ECCA's programme is to strengthen regional initiatives within the Eastern Caribbean, promote community based nature and heritage tourism, environmental education and to improve the conservation of island ecosystems.
 
 

History

Dominica's History
Overview and timeline of Dominica's History.

History of Dominica
Overview on Dominica's history by the Commonwealth Secretariat.

History of Dominica
Wikipedia article about Dominica's history.
 
 

Search

Caribbean-Search.com
Caribbean and Dominica related directory.

Additional Information on Dominica

BBC News Country Profile: Dominica
Background Notes: Dominica

Commonwealth Country profile: Dominica
Open Directory Project: Dominica
Wikipedia: Dominica
The World Factbook -- Dominica
 
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