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.

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Dominica hopeful of regaining visa-free status to the United Kingdom - Jamaica Observer

Jamaica Observer 15 Jul 2024
ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) \u2014 Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit Monday said he remains \u201chopeful\u201d that an agreement could be reached with the United Kingdom (UK) government reversing its decision to impose visa restrictions on Dominicans entering the country....
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Dominica doubles investment threshold for citizenship programme, enhances due diligence

Arabian Business 03 Jul 2024
Under the new rules, the minimum investment for the Economic Diversification Fund (EDF) option now costs $200,000 for a single applicant .......
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Dominica Will Change The Way You See The Caribbean

Forbes 28 Jun 2024
Drop all your expectations about a Caribbean vacation. Dominica is a nature lover's paradise with secret waterfalls, dramatic volcanic scenery, and lots of adventure ... ....
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Dominica: 2024 Article IV Consultation-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Dominica

International Monetary Fund 27 Jun 2024
Publication Date. ... Summary.. Dominica is a small island developing state that is vulnerable to external shocks ... During the past decade, consecutive natural disasters (NDs) followed by the pandemic and cost of living shocks have taken its toll on Dominica’s economy ... .......

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