Independence Year : 1978
Population : 70000
Life Expectancy : 73.4
Capital : 586
GNP : 256.00
GNP Old : 243.00
Local Name : Dominica
Government Form : Republic
Location : Eastern Caribbean; North of Martinique and South of Guadeloupe
Terrain : Mountainous volcanic island with rainforest cover
Climate : Tropical; climate and temperatures can vary drastically dependent upon the season and region.
Ethnic Group : Mainly African descent, some Carib Indians.
Religions : Roman Catholic (80%), Anglican, other Protestant denominations
Official Website : www.ndcdominica.dm/site/index.cfm
Genral Information - Dominica
Dominica is part of the Windward Islands, the southern group of the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies. It was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans, due chiefly to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs. France ceded possession to Great Britain in 1763, which made the island a colony in 1805. In 1980, two years after independence, Dominica's fortunes improved when a corrupt and tyrannical administration was replaced by that of Mary Eugenia CHARLES, the first female prime minister in the Caribbean, who remained in office for 15 years. Some 3,000 Carib Indians still living on Dominica are the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean.