About Dominica

Country Profile

Country Profile
Official Name:Commonwealth of Dominica
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Short Name:Dominica
Capital City:Roseau
Languages:English, French Patois (“Kwéyòl”)
Currency:Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
Exchange Rate:USD 1 : XCD 2.7169
Region:Eastern Caribbean
Location:Between the French islands of Guadeloupe to the north and Martinique to the south
Latitude:15˚ 20’ N
Longitude:61˚ 22’ W
Surface Area:751 km2 (289.5 sq mi)
Highest Peak:Morne Diablotin – 1730 m (4,747 ft)
Climate:Humid tropical marine, little seasonal variation between the wet and dry season; high rainfall during the wet season.
Population:69, 625 (2006 estimate)
Ethnic Groups:Black, Mixed, Amerindian (Caribs), White, Others
Religions:Roman Catholic, Seventh Day Adventist, Pentecostal, Methodist, Baptist, Anglican, Other
Political Independence:November 3, 1978 (from United Kingdom)
Political System:Parliamentary Democracy
Head of State:President: His Excellency, The Honourable Charles Savarin (October 1, 2013)
Head of Government:Prime Minister: Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit (January 8, 2004)
Elections:Last General Election – December 8, 2014
Next General Election – Constitutionally due by February 2020

For more detailed statistical information on Dominica, view the 2005 Statistics At a Glance (PDF, 103 KB) or 2011 Population and Housing Census Report (PDF, 1.2 MB).

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