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


Dominica Citizenship by Investment Is "a Life-changer", Cites The Economist English English

PR Newswire 09 Jul 2020
One in particular says that obtaining the economic citizenship of the Commonwealth of Dominica was a "life-changer". Dominica has the world's best Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme, established in 1993 ... Dominica excels at transparency, integrity, and transformative impact on the native population....

World Bank to finance agricultural and climate resilience projects in Dominica

MENA FN 07 Jul 2020
(MENAFN - Caribbean News Global) WASHINGTON, USAThe World Bank board of executive directors approved US$16.4 million in additional financing f... ....

World Bank Provides US$16.4 Million for Agricultural Livelihoods and Climate Resilience in Dominica

Public Technologies 07 Jul 2020
'Agricultural livelihoods, food security, and resilience to climate-related shocks are key priorities for Dominica ... The additional financing approved includes US$12.8 million for the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project, which aims to reduce Dominica's vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change impacts....

Dominica Hilton Resort Approved for Citizenship by Investment - Tranquility Beach - Will Open in 2021-2022 English English

PR Newswire 07 Jul 2020
LONDON, July 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Tranquility Beach Resort in the Commonwealth of Dominica announced on Friday that it prepares to open between the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022 ... Cliff-hanging villa at Tranquility Beach Resort in Dominica - eligible for Citizenship by Investment....

Dominica is on England's Quarantine-Free List

MENA FN 05 Jul 2020
(MENAFN - PR Newswire) LONDON, July 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- On Friday, the British government announced that, as of July 10th, those travelling from t... ....

Dominica prepared to leave borders closed until December-PM

Jamaica Star 03 Jul 2020
ROSEAU, Dominica, Jul 2, CMC –The Dominica government says it is prepared to close the island until December, even as it announced plans to re-open its borders to international travel in August. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said that Dominica cannot afford another wave of the ......

Dominica prepared to leave borders closed until December - PM

The Gleaner 02 Jul 2020
ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC –The Dominica government says it is prepared to close the island until December even as it announced plans to reopen its borders to international travel in August. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said that Dominica... ....

World Bank Replenishes Dominica's COVID-19 Recovery Funds With US$3 Million

PR Newswire 01 Jul 2020
LONDON, July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Having responded efficiently to the pandemic, on Tuesday, the Commonwealth of Dominica lifted its state of emergency. On June 26th, the World Bank announced that it will provide Dominica with an additional US$3 million financing....

Dominica Opens New, Hurricane-proof Community Centre This Summer, Funded by Citizenship by Investment

PR Newswire 29 Jun 2020
LONDON, June 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica continues to build new, hurricane-proof homes, health centres and community facilities across the island ... Trafalgar Community Centre in Dominica will open this summer, built with proceeds from the Citizenship by Investment Programme....

Dominica Expands Definition of Dependant Under Its Citizenship by Investment Programme

PR Newswire 25 Jun 2020
LONDON, June 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica announced new changes to the country's Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme ... Importantly, since due diligence is the cornerstone of Dominica's CBI Programme, dependants must first successfully pass all the security checks....

Dominica Facilitates Family Reunification With New Changes to Its Citizenship by Investment Programme English English English

PR Newswire 24 Jun 2020
ROSEAU, Dominica, June 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- On June 24, the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica expanded the definition of 'dependant' under its Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme ... The Government now also allows children born – and spouses married – after the main applicant receives citizenship to become citizens of Dominica....

Dominica Builds Climate and Economic Resilience Using Citizenship by Investment Funds

PR Newswire 23 Jun 2020
LONDON, June 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Commonwealth of Dominica is fulfilling its ambition to become "the world's first climate-resilient nation," Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made this pledge after 2017's Hurricane Maria, with Citizenship by Investment (CBI) as its primary source of funding....

Dominica PM Skerrit Becomes New Chairman of OECS Authority

PR Newswire 19 Jun 2020
Dominica itself is a success story after its remarkable recovery from 2017's Hurricane Maria, a transformation funded by its world-leading Citizenship by Investment Programme ... This year, the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Dr the Hon Roosevelt Skerrit, was named the new Chairman of the authority....

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