Coordinates: 15°25′N 61°20′W / 15.417°N 61.333°W / 15.417; -61.333

Dominica (/ˌdɒmɪˈnkə/ DOM-i-NEE-kə;French: Dominique; Island Carib: Wai‘tu kubuli), officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, is an island country in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea, south-southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique. Its area is 750 square kilometres (290 sq mi) and the highest point is Morne Diablotins, at 1,447 metres (4,747 ft) elevation. The population was 72,301 at the 2014 census. The capital is Roseau, located on the leeward side of the island.

The island was originally inhabited by the Kalinago/Arawak and later colonised by the Europeans, predominately by the French, who arrived at the island on Sunday, 3 November 1493 ("Sunday" = "Domenica" in Italian). Great Britain took it over in 1763 after the Seven Years' War and gradually established English as the official language. The island republic gained independence in 1978.

Its name is pronounced with emphasis on the third syllable, related to its former Dominique. Dominica has been nicknamed the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" for its unspoiled natural beauty. It is the youngest island in the Lesser Antilles, still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity, as evidenced by the world's second-largest hot spring, Boiling Lake. The island has lush mountainous rainforests, and is the home of many rare plants, animals, and bird species. There are xeric areas in some of the western coastal regions, but heavy rainfall occurs inland. The Sisserou parrot (also known as the imperial amazon), is found only on Dominica and is the island's national bird and features on the national flag. Dominica's economy depends on tourism and agriculture.

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Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica’s 91-day Treasury bill Issue – 26 September 2022 (ECSE - Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange)

Public Technologies 03 Oct 2022
Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica's 91-day Treasury bill Issue. The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica's 91-day Treasury bill issue, auctioned on the Regional Government Securities Market using the primary market platform of the Eastern Caribbean ......

Dominica's Secret Bay pays out $1 Million in returns to CBI Investors and crosses 100+ ...

Nasdaq Globe Newswire 30 Sep 2022
30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Residences at Secret Bay, Dominica’s crown jewel development and only six-star, all-villa resort, announces it has paid out in excess of US $1 million in returns to investors and now ......

The Secret Lives of Sperm Whales

New York Times 30 Sep 2022
Deep in waters rarely seen by humans, these “gentle goliaths” are back from near-extinction ... ....

Dominica court to hear constitutional challenge of anti-gay laws

Jamaica Observer 28 Sep 2022
ROSEAU, Dominica, (CMC) – The Minority Rights Dominica (MiRiDom) and the HIV Legal Network say they remain hopeful that the country’s High Court of Justice will follow Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis in repealing laws that criminalize LGBT people in the Caribbean....

Dominica paves clear path to climate resiliency amid climate-related disasters

Nasdaq Globe Newswire 26 Sep 2022
ROSEAU, Dominica, Sept. 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The climate crisis is real. Several severe weather patterns are confirming this ... ....

Dominica on right road to becoming first climate-resilient nation by 2030

Malaysian National News Agency 26 Sep 2022
Dominica on right road to becoming first climate-resilient nation by 2030 ... Two factors were cited for Dominica....

According to CS Global Partners Second Citizenship is the New ‘must-have’ for Worldly Gen Zs

The Eastern Herald 26 Sep 2022
The Commonwealth of Dominica is a great example of a country that would appeal to climate-conscious Gen Zs ... Dominica is on a concerted drive to build a climate-resilient nation and reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels ... Dominica is also pursuing initiatives for developing and using renewable energy sources....

Growers in Dominica can now process their fruits through advanced tech

Fresh Plaza 23 Sep 2022
The Ministry of Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security of the Commonwealth of Dominica has announced that the national Export-Import ......

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