World Atlas: Dominica. On this page you can see the map, country flag and many detailed information about the people, history and economy of Dominica.
Here you can find online selected information about the geography, inhabitants, government, economy and history of Dominica. Included are selected statistics, an overview map and the detailed map of Dominica. But let's start with the flag of Dominica here:
Dominica - Overview:
What you should know about Dominica? Let's start with this: Dominica 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 colonized the island 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. On 18 September 2017, Hurricane Maria passed over the island causing extensive damage to structures, roads, communications, and the power supply, and largely destroying critical agricultural areas.
Geography of Dominica
Where on the globe is Dominica? The location of this country is Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about halfway between Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago. Total area of Dominica is 751 sq km, of which 751 sq km is land. So this is quite a small country. How could we describe the terrain of the country? This way: rugged mountains of volcanic origin. The lowest point of Dominica is Caribbean Sea 0 m, the highest point Morne Diablotins 1,447 m. And the climate is tropical; moderated by northeast trade winds; heavy rainfall.
Inhabitants of Dominica
Let's take a look how many people live in Dominica. The number is: 73,897 (July 2017 est.). So not so many people live here. Who lives here? black 86.6%, mixed 9.1%, indigenous 2.9%, other 1.3%, unspecified 0.2% (2001 est.). What are the languages in Dominica? English (official), French patois. And the religions: Roman Catholic 61.4%, Protestant 28.6% (includes Evangelical 6.7%, Seventh Day Adventist 6.1%, Pentecostal 5.6%, Baptist 4.1%, Methodist 3.7%, Church of God 1.2%, other 1.2%), Rastafarian 1.3%, Jehovah's Witness 1.2%, other 0.3%, none 6.1%, unspecified 1.1% (2001 est.). How old are the people in average? 33.5 years. We have to add that this number is the median - so one half of the people is older than this, one half is younger. And what is their life expectancy (at birth)? This: 77.2 years. Where the people live in Dominica? Here: population is mosly clustered along the coast, with roughly a third living in the parish of St. George, in or around the capital of Roseau; the volcanic interior is sparsely populated. The major urban areas of Dominica are: Roseau (capital) 15,000 (2014).
Government and Economy of Dominica
The capital of Dominica is Roseau and the government type parliamentary republic. Let's take a look at the administrative divisions - 10 parishes; Saint Andrew, Saint David, Saint George, Saint John, Saint Joseph, Saint Luke, Saint Mark, Saint Patrick, Saint Paul, Saint Pete. Regarding the economy of Dominica, important industrial products are soap, coconut oil, tourism, copra, furniture, cement blocks, shoes. Important agricultural products are bananas, citrus, mangos, root crops, coconuts, cocoa. The most important export commodities are bananas, soap, bay oil, vegetables, grapefruit, oranges and the most important export partners are Trinidad and Tobago 15.4%, Jamaica 13.3%, Saudi Arabia 13%, St. Kitts and Nevis 11.8%, Guyana 9.3%, Barbados 5.1%, US 5.1%, Antigua and Barbuda 4.5%, Egypt 4.1% (2016). The most important import commodities are manufactured goods, machinery and equipment, food, chemicals and the most important import partners are US 23.4%, Trinidad and Tobago 18.1%, Italy 8.7%, UK 5.4% (2016). How rich is Dominica and how rich are people in this country? The most important number here is GDP per capita (PPP): $12,000 (2017 est.). This is quite good. Let's add that this means Gross Domestic Product per person, which is recalculated with respect to the relative cost of local goods and services. And one more important number - population below poverty line: 29% (2009 est.).