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Destination Dominican Republic, this page is about many aspects of this Hispanola island country. Here you will find comprehensive information about Dominican Republic in its diversity: geography, economy, science, people, culture, environment, government and history.
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people of Dominican Republic
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Dominican Republic | Republica Dominicana

Country Profile


Flag of the Dominican Republic
Flag of Dominican Republic

Background:
The Dominican Republic forms the eastern two-thirds, and Haiti the remainder of the Hispaniola island, formerly known as Santo Domingo.
In pre-columbian times the island was inhabited by Tainos, an Arawak-speaking people. In 1492 C. Columbus discovered the island and claimed it immediately for the Spanish Crown. It was then occupied by the usual ruling forces of that time, the Spanish and the French. The not so friendly colonizers reduced the Taino population from about 1 million to about 500 within 50 years.

Today Dominican Republic is inhabited mostly by people of mixed European and African origins. The African heritage is reflected most noticeably in the music, the merengue. The country is a main tourist destination of the region.


border countries: Haiti

related countries: France, Spain
related Caribbean islands: Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico
 
where in the Caribbean is the Dominican Republic

Official Name:
Republica Dominicana
Dominican Republic

ISO Country Code: do

Time:
Local Time = UTC -4h
Actual Time: Mon-Dec-22  22:15

Country Calling Code: +1 809, or 829, 849

Capital City: Santo Domingo (pop. 3 million)

Other Cities:
Santiago de los Caballeros (pop. 690 548)

Government:
Type: Representative democracy.
Independence: 27 February 1844 (from Haiti). Restoration of independence, 16 August 1863.
Constitution: 28 November 1966; amended 25 July 2002

Geography:
Location: Caribbean, eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, east of Haiti, between Cuba and Puerto Rico. the north of Caribbean Sea to south of the North Atlantic Ocean.
Area: 48,310 km² (18,652 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Highlands and mountains with fertile valleys.

Climate: Maritime semitropical, with an average yearly temperature of 26°C (78°F).

People:
Nationality: Noun and adjective--Dominican(s).
Population: 9.4 million (2010 census)
Ethnic groups: European 16%, African origin 11%, mixed 73%.
Religion: Roman Catholic 95%.
Language: Spanish.
Literacy: 83%.

Natural resources: Nickel, bauxite, gold, silver.

Agriculture products: Sugarcane, coffee, cotton, cocoa, tobacco, rice, beans, potatoes, corn, bananas; cattle, pigs, dairy products, beef, eggs.

Industries: Tourism, sugar processing, ferronickel and gold mining, textiles, cement, tobacco.

Exports partners: USA 83.8%, Canada 1.5%, Haiti 1.5% (2003)

Imports partners: USA 52.1%, Venezuela 11.9%, Mexico 4.7%, Colombia 4.2% (2003)

Currency: Dominican Peso (DOP)

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Official Sites of Dominican Republic

Presidencia de la República Dominicana
The Presidency of the Dominican Republic. (in Spanish)


Senado de la República Dominicana
Senate of the Dominican Republic. (in Spanish)


Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores
The Ministry of Foreign Relations (SEREX)

Diplomatic Missions
Misión Permanente de la República Dominicana ante las Naciones Unidas
The Permanent Mission of Dominican Republic to the United Nations.
Embassy of the Dominican Republic
Washington D.C.


Statistics
Oficina Nacional de Estadística
Dominican statistics (in Spanish)


Maps
 Map of Dominican Republic
Political Map of the Dominican Republic.
Google Earth Google Earth Dominican Republic
Searchable map and satellite view of Dominican Republic.
Google Earth Google Earth Santo Domingo
Searchable map and satellite view of Santo Domingo.

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

News


elCaribe
National and international news (in Spanish).
Hoy
National News (in Spanish).
Listin Digital
News from the Dominican Republic (in Spanish).
Rincón Dominicano
Dominicana News.

DR Radio and TV stations
Republica Dominicana TV
Government TV.
CERTV
Corporacion Estatal de Radio y Television
DR1
Resource for information regarding the Dominican Republic.
 

 

Arts & Culture

Dominican Republic Jazz Festival
Longest running jazz event in the Dominican Republic.


Teatro.com.do
Dominican Republic Theaters.
 
La Atarazana
La Atarazana © dominicanrepublic.com

Business & Economy

Banco Central de la República Dominicana
Dominican Central Bank.

El Centro de Exportación e Inversión de la Republica Dominicana
Center of Export and Investment of the Dominican Republic.

Dominican Products
Ambarazul
Dominican Blue Amber.
 
 

Destination Dominican Republic - Travel and Tourism Guides



Secretaría de Estado de Turismo
Official tourism information for the Dominican Republic.

Dominicana Online
Dominican Republic portal.

DominicanRepublic.com
Internet tourist portal to the Dominican Republic.
National Association of Hotels and Restaurants
Vacation planner information on the country.
Visiting the Dominican Republic
Everything you want to know about Dominican Republic, developed and maintained by Dominicans.

 Travel Advice
Regularly updated travel advice provided by the governments of various countries.
 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information




Education

Altos de Chavón School of Design
The School of Design offers three majors: Graphic Design, Fashion Design, and Fine Arts/Illustration.
Universidad Abierta Para Adultos
The university was founded in 1991, it has campuses in Santiago (SEDE), Santo Domingo Oriental, and Cibao Oriental (Nagua).
Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra
PUCMM is the first private, Roman Catholic, coeducational, university located in the Dominican Republic.
Universidad Católica Santo Domingo
UCSD is a private Catholic university in Santo Domingo.
Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña
UNPHU is a private, coeducational, university in Santo Domingo.
Universidad del Caribe
A university in Santo Domingo.
 
 

Environment and Nature

Flora and Fauna of the Dominican Republic
Information on Dominican Republic's 16 national parks, nine natural monuments and six scientific reserves.
 
 

History

Dominican Republic History
Elaborate history of the Dominican Republic from the time of Columbus' discovery until today.

Dominican Republic History
Wikipedia article about the history of the Dominican Republic.
 
 

Search

 Consigalo
Dominican Directory (Spanish)



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Dominican Republic online information resources.
Open Directory Project: Dominican Republic
Wikipedia: Dominican Republic
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