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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Reelected Dominica PM Sworn Into Office

The Washington Informer 12 Dec 2019
Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit was sworn into office for a fourth consecutive term on Saturday, mere hours after leading the ruling Dominica Labour Party to a sweeping general elections victory ... interest into rebuilding Dominica....

Healing and Building Dominica: The Nature Island Aims to Become the World's First Climate-resilient Nation

PR Newswire 12 Dec 2019
12, 2019 /PRNewswire/-- Dominica came a long way after the mass destruction in the wake of Hurricane Maria in 2017 ... Category 5 Hurricane Maria wiped 226% of Dominica's GDP in one night, claimed 31 lives, many more remaining unfound as thousands saw their homes in ruins ... Dominica called upon investors to join its noble fight....

Where to Invest in 2020: Dominica Named Tourism Location of the Future in FDI Strategy Ranking

PR Newswire 12 Dec 2019
12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Commonwealth of Dominica is one of the top 20 tourism locations of the future in terms of its foreign direct investment strategy ... The FDI Strategy category in the Tourism Locations of the Future 2019/20 found that the hotel construction sector benefitted from the largest investments in Dominica....

General election: Voters wade through flooded streets to get to polling station after water main bursts

The Independent 12 Dec 2019
Voters faced flooded streets in order to cast their ballot at a London polling station following a burst water main. . Access to Cherry Garden Hall polling station in Bermondsey in the capital's southeast was temporarily disrupted on Thursday morning after a nearby water pipe was damaged and flooded the surrounding area.  ... Show all 24 ... 1/24....

Opposition party in Dominica says it will not recognise election results

The Gleaner 09 Dec 2019
ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC –leader of the main opposition United Workers Party, Lennox Linton, complaining that the December 6 general elections were “rigged” said his party would not recognise the results of the polls and is calling... ....

President Díaz-Canel reaffirms Cuba’s interest in strengthening relations with Dominica

Granma Internacional 09 Dec 2019
The prime minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, urged citizens to respect the majority vote in last Friday’s general elections, giving the Labor Party, which he leads, the victory ... ....

US Embassy congratulates Dominica following polls

Jamaica Observer 09 Dec 2019
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The United States Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have extended congratulations to the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica on the outcome of last week's general elections....

Dominica governing party easily wins Parliament elections

Modesto Bee 07 Dec 2019
Residents of Dominica cast ballots for a new Parliament on Friday following weeks of political unrest, and early returns indicated a landslide victory for the governing Dominica Labour Party. Preliminary Click to Continue » ... ....

Skerrit wins Dominica landslide

The Gleaner 07 Dec 2019
ROSEAU (CMC). Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has emerged from a “bruising” campaign to claim victory in Friday’s general election and immediately extended an olive branch to the main opposition United Workers Party to work together for the... ....

Preliminary Report of the Electoral Observation Mission of the OAS in the Commonwealth of Dominica for the December 6 General Elections

Public Technologies 07 Dec 2019
Preliminary Report of the Electoral Observation Mission of the OAS in the Commonwealth of Dominica for the December 6 General Elections ... The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) present in the Commonwealth of Dominica for the General ......

Court of Appeal in Dominica dismisses application to halt general election

The Gleaner 06 Dec 2019
ROSEAU, Dominica, CMCAttorney General Levi Peter has welcomed the ruling by the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court that late Thursday night dismissed an appeal by a group of Dominicans that was aimed at postponing... ....

Cruise ships cancel calls to Dominica amid violence, says PM

The Gleaner 05 Dec 2019
ROSEAU, Dominica, CMCPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says several cruise ships have stopped coming to Dominica and blamed pre-election disturbances allegedly by supporters of the main opposition United Workers Party for the... ....

Dominica: Observer Group Chairperson Zainab Bangura calls for peaceful elections

Public Technologies 05 Dec 2019
As Election Day approaches in Dominica, the Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group (COG), has asked voters for 'peaceful elections.'. Since the Group arrived in Dominica, there have been protests, incidents of civil unrest and threats of violence....