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.

Latest News for: Dominica


Eritrean and Commonwealth of Dominica Establish Diplomatic Relations

All Africa 13 May 2021
Asmara, 12 May 2021 - Eritrea established formal diplomatic relations with the Commonwealth of Dominica .......

Dominica's Tranquility Beach Donates to Local Library Symbolising Importance of Community Efforts

Finger Lakes Times 12 May 2021
LONDON, May 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/-- The staff and management of Dominica's highly anticipated Tranquillity Beach resort have recently donated an HP computer and a year's subscription to a local library ... In recent years, Dominica has become a top travel destination for eco-conscious travellers....

UAE - Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund awards EPC contract worth US$50 million in Dominica

MENA FN 10 May 2021
(MENAFN - Caribbean News Global) By Mohd Aamir ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, ( ) � The UAE – Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund (UAE-CREF) the largest renewable energy investment of its type ... ....

Dominica preparing for cruise ship season amid COVID regulations

The Gleaner 08 May 2021
ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – The chief executive officer of the Dominica Port Authority (DPA), Benoit Bardouille, says several stringent measures are being put in place to ensure that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic does not severely... ....

Dominica Invites you to Work In Nature (OECS - Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States)

Public Technologies 07 May 2021
Dominica's management of the pandemic has been exemplary and, while common sense rules of mask-wearing and social distancing still apply, our lifestyle retains the essential element of free-up and fun that makes this part of the world an enjoyable place to be ... Benefits of Dominica....

Hurricane Maria hits Dominica, barrels toward Puerto Rico

CBS News 05 May 2021
Two Atlantic hurricanes could affect millions of Americans. Hurricane Jose is moving north toward eastern Long Island and Cape Cod, but Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean is a far greater threat. David Begnaud reports from San Juan, Puerto Rico ... ....

UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund awards EPC contract to build resilient clean-energy project worth US$50m in Dominica

Urdu Point 05 May 2021
The battery-only project, in part financed by Dominica’s government, is the first of its type under the CREF programme and complements existing and ongoing energy generation projects in Dominica, enabling an increased share of renewable energy deployment without adverse impact to the grid. Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Dr....

Dominica Launches In Our Nature Campaign

MENA FN 30 Apr 2021
(MENAFN - PR Newswire) ROSEAU, Dominica, April 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --�In light of increasing consumer confidence and positive traveller intent, Dominica has launched " In Our Nature ," an ... ....

Dominica to Complete Citizenship by Investment Funded Bridge in Three Months

PR Newswire 30 Apr 2021
LONDON, April 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Last week, the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Dr the Hon ... Prime Minister Skerrit signed the contract with Caribbean Construction Development Limited and said the funds would come from Dominica's renowned Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme....

Final Agreement on Dominica's Anticipated International Airport to be Signed Next Month

PR Newswire 30 Apr 2021
LONDON, April 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- During a parliamentary address, the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, revealed that the final agreement on the country's first international airport would be signed in May ... citizens and economy of Dominica....


Public Technologies 29 Apr 2021
The Government of Dominica moves closer to achieving its goal of building an international airport. This as Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon ... Prime Minister further added that the 'prudent and sensible approach of Government will no doubt limit the financial burden on the people of Dominica for the construction of the International Airport.'....

Dominica Establishes Bilateral Relations with Afghanistan and Expands Global Community

PR Newswire 29 Apr 2021
LONDON, April 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Commonwealth of Dominica expanded its bilateral relations after signing a joint communiqué with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan last week ... Aside from contributing to the growth and development of both nations, the signing also proves Dominica's commitment to establishing a global community....