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 builds 14 new polyclinics and a State-of-the-art hospital, funded by the CIP

MENA FN 06 Jun 2020
(MENAFN - Caribbean News Global) LONDON,�England - The healthcare system in the Commonwealth of�Dominica�was not strained by the pandemic, with the ... ....

Dominica Builds 14 New Polyclinics and a State-of-the-art Hospital, Funded Fully by the Citizenship by Investment Programme

PR Newswire 05 Jun 2020
LONDON, June 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --The healthcare system in the Commonwealth of Dominica was not strained by the pandemic, with the government managing to contain the spread of the virus from the onset, recording zero deaths and only 16 fully recovered cases....


Public Technologies 03 Jun 2020
The Government wishes to reaffirm its commitment to pursuing its vision of making Dominica the first climate resilient nation and to confirm that its policies projects programmes to date, are all on course to achieving this objective ...The establishment of the Climate Resilience Execution Agency for Dominica, December, 2018....


Public Technologies 02 Jun 2020
As Government is constructing a major hospital in the north east of the island, fourteen community polyclinics are being constructed across the island to compliment this major step for health care in Dominica ... The Dominica Labour Party government is committed to quality health ......

World Bank Loans Dominica $13m For Better Air Connectivity

PR Newswire 01 Jun 2020
LONDON, June 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Bank will provide the Commonwealth of Dominica with a concessional loan worth US$13 million ... Dominica is one of the four countries benefiting from the World Bank's first financing of Caribbean airport projects, along with Grenada, St Lucia and Haiti....

Cultivating change: Women farmers in Dominica find new paths to market amidst COVID-19 shutdowns

Public Technologies 01 Jun 2020
In Dominica, women smallholder farmers' fields and gardens are full, and their storerooms are piling up quickly ... The loss of income has been particularly hard to shoulder for the women farmers of Dominica as they were just beginning to regain their financial footing after Category 5 Hurricane Maria tore through the island in September 2017....

World Bank Provides US$159 Million for Regional Air Transport Connectivity in Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, and Saint Lucia

Public Technologies 29 May 2020
These projects include International Development Association (IDA) financing of US$13 million for Dominica, US$17 million for Grenada, US$84 million for Haiti, and US$45 million for Saint Lucia ... Dominica. In Dominica, the project aims to improve safety and airport resilience ......

Dominica - Caribbean Regional Air Transport Connectivity Project

Public Technologies 28 May 2020
DOMINICA - CARIBBEAN REGIONAL AIR TRANSPORT CONNECTIVITY PROJECT ... The project will also strengthen the capacity of key agencies in air transportation operations and airport investment planning in Dominica....

'Climate Change Is Real' - Dominica Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags, Builds 5,000 Hurricane-Proof Homes and Moves to 85% Renewable Energy, Funded by Citizenship by Investment

PR Newswire 28 May 2020
LONDON, May 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- With the hurricane season on the doorstep, the Commonwealth of Dominica is a humble source of inspiration in terms of building climate resilience. In a popular webinar hosted on May 27th by UAE newspaper Khaleej Times, the Prime Minister of Dominica, Dr the Hon....

Dominica Gives Free Hurricane-proof Homes to Thousands of Families, Built Using Citizenship by Investment Funds English English

PR Newswire 26 May 2020
LONDON, May 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Commonwealth of Dominica has been nothing short of extraordinary in terms of building climate resilience ... Funded by the Citizenship by Investment Programme, Dominica's Housing Revolution aims to build over 5,000 hurricane-proof homes and facilities for families across the entire island....

Dominica Facilitates 1% Interest Loans to Small Businesses With 48h Turnaround: "Our Country Is Gradually Reopening," Says PM Skerrit

PR Newswire 26 May 2020
LONDON, May 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday, the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica signed an agreement with the Dominica Agricultural Industrial (AID) Bank to assist small businesses owners ... The PM also thanked the World Bank and the IMF for their valued partnership and prompt support that helped Dominica handle the pandemic well....

Dominica PM Takes Part in Citizenship by Investment Webinar on May 27 English English

PR Newswire 26 May 2020
Roosevelt Skerrit, the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica – the best country for CBI ... Roosevelt Skerrit, the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica – the best country for CBI ... Emmanuel Nanthan, the Head of the Citizenship by Investment Unit in Dominica; H.E....

Dominica Businesses Salute Government Relief Measures - Here's Why Foreign Investors Become Citizens

PR Newswire 20 May 2020
LONDON, May 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- An advocacy group that represents the private sector in the Commonwealth of Dominica greeted the government's plan to assist businesses amid the pandemic ... As of this week, some businesses in Dominica have been given permission to reopen by appointment....