Dominica

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

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Argos takes flight: Supplying Dominica's new international airport

World Cement 17 Apr 2024
The Dominica International Airport Project marks the largest contracted project in the history of Dominica, as Argos projects supplying a total of around 200 000 t of cement ... ....
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Indigenous Kalinago lead the way towards making Dominica ‘climate resilient’ (UNOG - United Nations Office at Geneva)

Public Technologies 17 Apr 2024
) Dominica aims to become the world's first "climate-resilient nation, and the indigenous Kalinago people are playing a ......
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Indian Visa Online Expands E-Visa Services To Embrace Czech, Djiboutian, Dominica, And Salvadoran Citizens

MENA FN 16 Apr 2024
(MENAFN - Zex PR Wire) New Delhi, India, 16th April 2024, In a bid to enhance accessibility and streamline travel procedures, Indian Visa Online proudly announces the extension of its e-visa ... ....
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Turkey Visa For Barbados, Dominica, Bermuda, Armenian Citizens

MENA FN 04 Apr 2024
(MENAFN - Zex PR Wire) Turkey Visa For Barbados Citizens In 2013, the Turkish government implemented an online visa issuance platform which acts as a digital pass for entry into Turkey. Barbadians ... ....
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Unlocking Travel Dreams: Turkey Welcomes Citizens From Cambodia, Dominica, Mauritius, Cyprus, And Egypt

MENA FN 01 Apr 2024
(MENAFN - Zex PR Wire) Ankara, Turkey, 1st April 2024, As global travel dynamics continue to evolve, Visa Turkey proudly announces its extended support for travelers from Cambodia, Dominica, ... ....
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