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Haiti in west and the Dominican Republic, which occupies the eastern part.
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The nation covers an area of 48,310 km² making the Dominican Republic slightly smaller than Slovakia or about the size of the U.S. states of Vermont and New Hampshire combined.
The country has a population of 9.9 million people (in 2015). Capital and largest city is Santo Domingo. Official language is Spanish. Main religion is Christianity with the majority of Roman Catholicism (78% of the population).
Nearby to Hispaniola island are the Caribbean Turks and Caicos Islands to the north, Puerto Rico to the east, Cuba and Jamaica in the west.
Dominican Republic | Republica Dominicana
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.
related countries: France, Spain
ISO Country Code: do
Local Time = UTC -4h
Actual Time: Sat-Mar-25 09:39
Country Calling Code: +1 809, or 829, 849
Capital City: Santo Domingo (pop. 3 million)
Santiago de los Caballeros (pop. 690 548)
Type: Representative democracy.
Independence: 27 February 1844 (from Haiti). Restoration of independence, 16 August 1863.
Constitution: 28 November 1966; amended 25 July 2002
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).
Nationality: Noun and adjective--Dominican(s).
Population: 9.9 million (2015)
Ethnic groups: European 16%, African origin 11%, mixed 73%.
Religion: Roman Catholic 95%.
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 - commodities: gold, silver, cocoa, sugar, coffee, tobacco, meats, consumer goods
Exports - partners: USA 42.5%, Haiti 16.5%, Canada 8.1%, India 4.8% (2015)
Imports - commodities: petroleum, foodstuffs, cotton and fabrics, chemicals and pharmaceuticals
Imports - partners: USA 42%, China 9.2%, Venezuela 5.6%, Trinidad and Tobago 4.5%, Mexico 4.4% (2015)
Currency: Dominican Peso (DOP)
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Official Sites of Dominican RepublicPresidencia 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)
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
Oficina Nacional de Estadística
Dominican statistics (in Spanish)
Map of Dominican Republic
Political Map of the Dominican Republic.
Google Earth Dominican Republic
Searchable map and satellite view of Dominican Republic.
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.
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National and international news (in Spanish).
National News (in Spanish).
News from the Dominican Republic (in Spanish).
DR Radio and TV stations
State owned TV.
Corporacion Estatal de Radio y Television.
Resource for information regarding the Dominican Republic.
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Arts & Culture
Dominican Republic Jazz Festival
Longest running jazz event in the Dominican Republic.
Dominican Republic Theaters.
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 Blue Amber.
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Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Destination Dominican Republic - Travel and Tourism Guides
Discover the Dominican Republic (all inclusive):
The Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo (Ciudad Colonial), oldest permanent European settlement of the New World, within there is Catedral Primada de América, first cathedral in the Americas. Fortaleza Ozama, sixteenth-century castle built by the Spanish. Los Tres Ojos, three lakes and a cave. Bávaro, a beach resorts in Punta Cana. Catalina Island, tropical island south of the larger tropical island of the Dominican Republic. Los Haitises National Park, limestone karst plateau with conical hills, sinkholes and caverns. Playa de Rincón at Rincón Bay, Samaná. Las Caritas, Taino inscriptions in rock. Lago Enriquillo, a hypersaline lake, known for being home to flamingos, iguanas, and the largest population of American crocodiles in the Caribbean.
Secretaría de Estado de Turismo
Official tourism information for the Dominican Republic.
Dominican Republic portal.
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.
Regularly updated travel advice provided by the governments of various countries.
World Heritage Sites in the Dominican RepublicColonial City of Santo Domingo
It's history premiere. After Christopher Columbus's arrival on the island in 1492, Santo Domingo became the site of the first cathedral, hospital, customs house and university in the Americas.
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.
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.
Dominican Directory (Spanish)
Open Directory Project: Dominican Republic
Sources and additional Information about the Dominican Republic
BBC Country Profile: Dominican Republic
GlobalEDGE: Dominican Republic
Wikipedia: Dominican Republic
The World Factbook -- Dominican Republic
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Trinidad and Tobago | U.S. Virgin Islands
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