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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The Commonwealth Of Dominica Offers South African Viable Growth Opportunities

MENA FN 29 Sep 2023
(MENAFN - GlobeNewsWire - Nasdaq) Roseau, Sept. 29, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The South African business landscape has become difficult with numerous economic and regulatory challenges that startups ... ....

Dominica Elects First Female President, Mrs. Sylvanie Burton

Messenger-Inquirer 29 Sep 2023
29, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Commonwealth of Dominica has just achieved a significant historical milestone with the election of Mrs ... Sylvanie Burton expressed her belief that her Kalinago ancestors were rejoicing in the heavens as she assumed the role of Dominica's first female and Kalinago President....

Dominica government announces gun and ammunition amnesty

The Gleaner 28 Sep 2023
ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – The Dominica government Thursday announced a month-long gun and ammunition amnesty ahead of going to parliament and significantly amending legislation allowing for stiffer penalties for gun-related crimes. National... ....

Dominica elects first woman head of state

The Gleaner 27 Sep 2023
ROSEAU, Dominica, CMCDominica on Wednesday elected its first ever female head of state overshadowed by opposition attempts to scuttle the “historic moment” and raising the possibility of the matter ending up before the courts.... ....

Dominica’s Journey to become the World’s First Climate Resilient Country (World Bank Group)

Public Technologies 27 Sep 2023
On September 23, 2017, when Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit stood before the UN General Assembly, he declared that The Commonwealth of Dominica would become the world's first climate resilient nation ... The island of Dominica, located in the Eastern Caribbean archipelago between Martinique and Guadeloupe, is mountainous with steep, rugged topography....

Dominica’s commitment to renewable energy for economic sustainability

Enid News & Eagle 25 Sep 2023
25, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Commonwealth of Dominica, a Caribbean Island nation, has been taking substantial steps to revolutionise its energy sector and diminish its reliance on imported fossil fuels ... DOMLEC's Role in Dominica's Energy Sector ... Currently, Dominica relies heavily on diesel for about 70 per cent of its electricity....

Việt Nam, Dominica sign agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic, official passport holders

Vietnam News 23 Sep 2023
At a working session before the signing ceremony, the two ministers discussed and reached consensus on measures to bolster the friendship and cooperation between Việt Nam and the Commonwealth of Dominica ...  NEW YORK – Việt Nam and the Commonwealth of Dominica on September 22 ......

Charles and Nkana publish paper about research trip to Dominica (Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania)

Public Technologies 21 Sep 2023
) Charles and Nkana publish paper about research trip to Dominica ... Journalism and Mass Communication titled "" The article analyzes how COVID-19 has affected research in vulnerable communities, specifically the centenarians in Dominica....


Malaysian National News Agency 11 Sep 2023
30 THINGS YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT DOMINICA ... facts about the magical island of Dominica!....


Malaysian National News Agency 11 Sep 2023
FUN FACTS ABOUT DOMINICA ... KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 (Bernama) -- The Commonwealth of Dominica has unveilled 30 interesting facts ......

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