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's LaFond Makes History as First OECS Woman To Hit Tokyo 2020 Mark

Public Technologies 25 Feb 2020
The Commonwealth of Dominica has hopped, stepped, and jumped out to the forefront of the push for participation in the 2020 edition of the Olympic Games, with the republic's top female triple jumper making the minimum standards for this year's showcase ... Triple jump featured for Dominica at the country's first Olympic appearance, Atlanta 1996....

Dominica donating face masks to China

The Gleaner 11 Feb 2020
ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – The Dominica government says it will be donating 10,000 masks to China as the country fights the spread of the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people in the Asian country. Prime... ....

Citizenship by Investment Triggers More New Business, Housing, Hotels and Healthcare Facilities in Dominica

PR Newswire 07 Feb 2020
7, 2020 /PRNewswire/-- Citizenship by Investment (CBI) continues to have a big impact on the economic development of the Commonwealth of Dominica and the quality of life on the island ... Healthcare is one of the many areas that the Citizenship by Investment Programme supports in Dominica – see more at (PRNewsfoto/CS Global Partners)....

Castle Bruce Primary in Dominica enhances early grade reading instruction through innovative student and parent engagement

Public Technologies 06 Feb 2020
Thursday, February 6, 2020 - Castle Bruce Primary in the Commonwealth of Dominica received grant funding from the OECS/USAID Early Learners Programme (ELP) to implement an innovative and interactive programme for both students and parents that has delivered positive reading results....


Public Technologies 03 Feb 2020
The Citizenship by Investment Program (CBI) continues to do well for the economy of Dominica says Head of the CBI unit, Ambassador Emmanuel Nanthan ... You have seen the housing project moving on all around Dominica ... the CBI is continuing to do well for us and for Dominica,' he noted....

5 New Standout Resorts in the Caribbean

New York Times 01 Feb 2020
In the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria, many hoteliers in the Caribbean have regrouped and rebuilt — and are ushering in a new age of hospitality ... ....

Sizeable Citizenship by Investment Inflows Helped Support Dominica's Reconstruction-led Recovery, IMF Staff Conclude

PR Newswire 31 Jan 2020
31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The IMF was impressed with the Commonwealth of Dominica and its Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme inflows, as well as capacity to attract investors ... The IMF staff also makes good note of Dominica's piloting of climate resilience strategies as an inspiration for more regional cooperation....


MENA FN 26 Jan 2020
(MENAFN - Online PR News) Dominica has established its first-ever embassy in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. On 21st Jan 2020, the... ....

Dominica Ribeiro Named Chief Marketing Officer for Breckinridge Capital Advisors

Business Wire 24 Jan 2020
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Breckinridge Capital Advisors today announced that Dominica Ribeiro has been named Chief Marketing Officer ... ....

Dominica opens new embassy in Abu Dhabi

Gulf Daily News 23 Jan 2020
Dominica's new embassy in Abu Dhabi was opened yesterday (Jan 22) by the country's Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, a Wam news agency report said....

Dominica Opens New Embassy in the UAE English English

PR Newswire 23 Jan 2020
23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Commonwealth of Dominica has established a new embassy in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi ... His Excellency Hubert John Charles was appointed as the Ambassador of Dominica to the UAE ... of Dominica at the Organisation of American States....

Tuberculosis on the increase in Dominica according to health officials - Dominica News Online

TheNewsHOOK 23 Feb 2020
Tuberculosis on the increase in Dominica according to health officials - Dominica News Online .......