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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PR Newswire 13 May 2022
ROSEAU, Dominica, May 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominica has joined the Airbnb "Live and Work Anywhere" campaign to promote the destination to the growing number of digital nomads worldwide ... Work in Nature - Dominica ... from in Dominica ... SOURCE Discover Dominica Authority....

Geared up for opening: Tranquility Beach Resort - Curio Collection by Hilton in Dominica

Malaysian National News Agency 10 May 2022
Tranquility Beach Resort - Curio Collection by Hilton in Dominica ... Dominica, which pays keen attention to responsible travel....

Dominica hosts Jazz ‘n Creole Festival after two years

Eagle-Tribune 10 May 2022
Kimberly King, the Marketing Manager of Dominica said, "Dominica's Jazz ‘n Creole is a fusion of jazz music with Creole music, food, as well as culture, all in the family-friendly atmosphere of Fort Shirley in the Cabrits National Park ... PR Dominica Commonwealth of Dominica 001 (767) 266 3919

PM Roosevelt Skerrit virtually interacts with US VP Kamala Harris, discusses climate change

Eagle-Tribune 06 May 2022
Roseau, May 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Dr ... SIDS such as Dominica are against climate change as they bear the brunt of long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns ... PR Dominica Commonwealth of Dominica 001 (767) 266 3919

Sharp rise in food insecurity in the Caribbean, survey finds

Reliefweb 27 Apr 2022
BRIDGETOWN – An estimated 2.8 million people or nearly 40 percent of the population in the English-speaking Caribbean is food insecure, 1 million more than in April 2020, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) ... ....

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