Dominica is a small (275 sq. mile) island located in the Eastern Caribbean, between the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. With a population of 68,910, its main industries are tourism and agriculture.
Dominica's economic dependence is shifting to a greater reliance on service oriented small and medium enterprises. Hence, tourism is now the greater contributor to our foreign exchange earnings.
Land Area: 754 sq km
Coastline: 148 km
Population: 68,910 (July, 2006)
Climate: tropical; moderated by northeast trade winds; heavy rainfall.
Terrain: rugged mountains of volcanic origin
Government: Parliamentary Democracy
Administrative Divisions: 10 parishes: Saint Andrew, Saint David, Saint George, Saint John, Saint Joseph, Saint Luke, Saint Mark, Saint Patrick, Saint Paul, Saint Peter.
Date of Independence: November 3, 1978
Legal System: Based on English common law.
Electricity: 220 volts.