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General information
Common nameDominica
Local nameCommonwealth de la Dominique
NameCommonwealth de la Dominique
Motto"Après Bondie, C'est La Ter" (Antillean Creole)
"After God is the Earth"
"Après le Bon Dieu, c'est la Terre"
AnthemIsle of Beauty, Isle of Splendour
Largest citycapital
Official languagesEnglish
Vernacular languagesDominican Creole French
Ethnic groups86.8% black, 8.9% mixed, 2.9% Carib, 0.8% white, 0.7% other (2001)
GovernmentParliamentary republic
PresidentNicholas Liverpool
Prime MinisterRoosevelt Skerrit
from the United Kingdom3 November 1978
Total Area290 sq mi (751.1 km2) (184th)
Water %1.6
Population Est.72660 (195th)
Population census71727 (2003)
Density (pop.)105/km2 (95th) (272/sq mi)
GDP PPP$758 million (2010)
GDP (PPP) per capita$10,415
GDP (nominal)$376 million (2010)
GDP (nominal) per capita$5,167
Other information
HDI(+)0.814 (2007) (high) (73rd)
CurrencyEast Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Time zoneEastern Caribbean (UTC 4)
Drives on theleft
Calling code+1-767

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Dominica (c-eniconˌdɒmɪˈniːkə ; ; Carib: ), officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, is an island nation in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea, south-southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique. Its size is 750 km2 (750000000 m2) and the highest point in the country is Morne Diablotins, which has an elevation of 1447 m (1447000000 m2). The Commonwealth of Dominica has an estimated population of 72,500. The capital is Roseau.

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 boiling lake. The island features lush mountainous rainforests, home of many rare plant, animal, and bird species. There are xeric areas in some of the western coastal regions, but heavy rainfall can be expected inland. The Sisserou Parrot (also known as the Imperial Amazon), the island's national bird, is featured on the national flag. Dominica's economy is heavily dependent on both tourism and agriculture.

Christopher Columbus named the island after the day of the week on which he spotted it, a Sunday (dominica in Latin), November 3, 1493.

In the next hundred years after Columbus' landing, Dominica remained isolated, and even more Caribs settled there after being driven from surrounding islands as European powers entered the region. France formally ceded possession of Dominica to the United Kingdom in 1763. The United Kingdom then set up a government and made the island a colony in 1805.

The emancipation of African slaves occurred throughout the British Empire in 1834, and, in 1838, Dominica became the first British Caribbean colony to have a legislature controlled by a black majority. In 1896, the United Kingdom reassumed governmental control of Dominica, turning it into a Crown colony. Half a century later, from 1958 to 1962, Dominica became a province of the short-lived West Indies Federation. In 1978, Dominica became an independent nation.

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