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General

Country name: Commonwealth of Dominica (DO).

Languages: English (official), French-based Creole patois.

Nationality: Dominican(s).

Capital: Roseau.

Population: 72,660 (July 2010 est.).

Coastline: 148 km.

Size: 24 km x 46 km (16 x 29 miles), 750 sq km (290 sq miles).

Terrain: Rugged mountains of volcanic origin covered with dense tropical forests.

Climate: Tropical; moderated by northeast trade winds; heavy rainfall.
 

Geography

Coastline: 148 km.

Geographic coordinates: 15° 25' N, 61° 20' W.

Highest point: Morne Diablatins 1,447 m.

Location: Dominica is located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, south of Guadeloupe and north of Martinique. 

Size: 49 km long (29 miles) and 25 km (16 miles) at its widest, 751 sq km.

Terrain: Rugged mountains of volcanic origin.
 

Tourist Information

Accommodations:

Activities: diving, whale and dolphin watching, hiking. Dominica is known as "The Nature Island of the Caribbean" due to its spectacular, lush, and varied flora and fauna, which are protected by an extensive natural park system; the most mountainous of the Lesser Antilles, its volcanic peaks are cones of lava craters and include Boiling Lake, the second-largest, thermally active lake in the world.

Average tourist arrivals: 74,923 (2009).

Crime: Petty crimes are the most commonly reported incidents. Theft of valuables, such as credit cards and cash, does occur. Dominica is considered to be a minor producer of cannabis, and this and other illegal drugs are grown and sold on the island. Drug related crime, even murder, occurs.

Electricity: 220 / 240 volts / 50 cycles.

Entry Requirements: A valid passport and return ticket are required. US and Canadian citizens may use proof of citizenship. French nationals may visit for up to two weeks with a Carte Identite.

Sleep: In some areas noisy little frogs might keep you awake at night.

Taxis: Taxis are not metered; rates are fixed and should be checked in advance. Based on 1-4 passengers.

Telephone: The international: country code is 1-767.

Time: 1 hour ahead of Eastern Standard US Time and 5 hours ahead of Standard European Time. 
 

Money

Cost of living: Moderate. Roseau is ranked number 220 of the most expensive places in the world (Barbados 108, Tampa Fla 235). Acommodation costs are relative high. 

Credit cards: Major credit cards are widely accepted. 

Currency: 1 EC dollar (EC$) = 100 cents. The East Caribbean dollar is converted at the fixed rate of $ 2.70 EC to $ 1.00 US.

Tipping: Most hotels include a 10 % service charge on the bill; further tipping is by choice.
 

Air Transport

Airport: Melville Hall Airport (DOM ) near Marigot in the north of the island. Canefield Airport, 15 min.north of Roseau (DCF). There are currently no direct international flights to Dominica. However, connections via regional Caribbean airlines are available from the following islands; Antigua, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Maarten and Puerto Rico. Because Melville Hall Airport is far from Reseau, we suggest to fly to Canefield if possible, or to take the ferry from Martinique or Guadeloupe.

Airlines: The main airlines serving Dominica are American Eagle, LIAT and Winair. Major hubs in the region with flights to Dominica include Antigua, San Juan, St. Lucia, St Martin and Barbados. The neighbouring French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe are also convenient hubs for flights from Europe to Dominica. If Dominica is your main target, we strongly suggest this way. 

Departure Tax: EC$ 59.00 per person. Children under 12 exempt.

Flight Times: Antigua 40 minutes, Guadeloupe 30 minutes, Martinique 25 minutes.

International Airlines: there are no direct flights to Dominica from the mainland US or Europe.

Regional Airlines: Air Guadeloupe 448-2181, Liat 448-2421, American Eagle 445-7204.

Toursit Office: P.O. Box 293, Old Street, Roseau, Domenica, Tel.: 448 20 45.
 

Water Transport

Ferry Service: The only ferry that operates in Curaçao is a shuttle that makes regular trips between Willemstad's Punda and Otrobanda. Travelers pay nothing for this short journey between shopping centers, and the view from the boat is spectacular.

Ports and harbors: Portsmouth, Roseau.
 

Politics

Ethnic groups: Black, Carib Amerindian.
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Government type: Parliamentary democracy.

Legal system: Based on English common law.

Literacy: 94 % of the total population (male: 94 %, female: 94 %).

Religions: Roman Catholic 61.4 %, Seventh Day Adventist 6 %, Pentecostal 5.6 %, Baptist 4.1 %, Methodist 3.7 %, Church of God 1.2 %, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.2 %, other Christian 7.7 %, Rastafarian 1.3 %, other or unspecified 1.6 %, none 6.1 % (2001 census).
 

Economy

Agriculture products: bananas, citrus, mangoes, root crops, coconuts.

GDP per capita: US$ 10,200 (2009 est.).

Industries: Bananas, soap, bay oil, vegetables, grapefruit, oranges.

Natural resources: Timber.

Unemployment rate: 23 % (2000 est.).
 

Radio frequencies
 
BBC World Service
MHz 17.71 15.22 6.195 5.975
Voice of America:
MHz 13.74 9.775 6.130 5.995