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Dominica - Introduction 1989
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Background: Dominica 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.

Dominica - Geography 1989
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Geographic coordinates

Map reference


Land boundaries: none

Coastline: 148 km

Maritime claims
Contiguous zone: 24 nm
Extended economic zone: 200 nm
Territorial sea: 12 nm

Climate: tropical; moderated by northeast trade winds; heavy rainfall

Terrain: rugged mountains of volcanic origin


Natural resources: timber
Land use

Land use: 9% arable land; 13% permanent crops; 3% meadows and pastures; 41% forest and woodland; 34% other

Irrigated land

Major rivers

Major watersheds area km²

Total water withdrawal

Total renewable water resources

Natural hazards

Note: located 550 km southeast of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Sea

Dominica - People 1989
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Population: 83,474 (July 1989), growth rate 1.6% (1989)

Nationality: noun - Dominican(s; adjective - Dominican

Ethnic groups: mostly black; some Carib-Indians

Languages: English (official; French patois widely spoken

Religions: 80% Roman Catholic; Anglican, Methodist

Demographic profile
Age structure

Age structure

Dependency ratios

Median age

Population growth rate

Birth rate: 26 births/1000 population (1989)

Death rate: 5 deaths/1000 population (1989)

Net migration rate: - 4 migrants/1000 population (1989)

Population distribution


Major urban areas

Current issues: flash floods a constant hazard; occasional hurricanes

Air pollutants

Sex ratio

Mothers mean age at first birth

Maternal mortality ratio

Infant mortality rate: 14 deaths/1000 live births (1989)

Life expectancy at birth: 73 years male, 78 years female (1989)

Total fertility rate: 2.7 children born/woman (1989)

Contraceptive prevalence rate

Drinking water source

Current health expenditure

Physicians density

Hospital bed density

Sanitation facility access


Major infectious diseases

Obesity adult prevalence rate

Alcohol consumption

Tobacco use

Children under the age of 5 years underweight

Education expenditures

Literacy: 80% (est.)

School life expectancy primary to tertiary education

Youth unemployment

Dominica - Government 1989
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Country name: conventional long form: Commonwealth of Dominica

Government type: independent state within Commonwealth

Capital: Roseau

Administrative divisions: 10 parishes; Saint Andrew, Saint David, Saint George, Saint John, Saint Joseph, Saint Luke, Saint Mark, Saint Patrick, Saint Paul, Saint Peter

Dependent areas

Independence: 3 November 1978 (from UK)

National holiday: Independence Day, 3 November (1978)

Constitution: 3 November 1978

Legal system: based on English common law; three local magistrate courts and the British Caribbean Court of Appeals

International law organization participation


Suffrage: universal at age 18

Executive branch: Chief of State - President Sir Clarence Augustus SEIGNORET (since 19 December 1983; Head of Government - Prime Minister (Mary) Eugenia CHARLES (since 21 July 1980)

Legislative branch: Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force

Judicial branch

Political parties and leaders

International organization participation: CARICOM, Commonwealth, FAO, GATT (de facto), G-77, IBRD, IDA, IFAD, IFC, ILO, IMF, IMO, INTERPOL, OAS, OECS, UN, UNESCO, UPU, WHO, WMO

Diplomatic representation
In the us: Ambassador McDonald P. BENJAMIN; there is no Chancery in the US; US - Ambassador (vacant; the US has no official presence in Dominica, since the Ambassador and Embassy staff reside in Bridgetown (Barbados), but travel frequently to Dominica

Flag descriptionflag of Dominica: green with a centered cross of three equal bands - the vertical part is yellow (hoist side), black, and white - the horizontal part is yellow (top), black, and white; superimposed in the center of the cross is a red disk bearing a sisserou parrot encircled by 10 green five-pointed stars edged in yellow; the 10 stars represent the 10 administrative divisions (parishes)

National symbols

National anthem

National heritage

Dominica - Economy 1989
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Economy overview: The economy is dependent on agriculture and thus is highly vulnerable to climatic conditions. Agriculture accounts for about 30% of GDP and employs 40% of the labor force. Principal products include bananas, coconuts, citrus, and root crops. In 1987 the economy achieved a 4.6% growth in real GNP on the strength of a 19% boost in construction and higher agricultural production; bananas represented 65% of total exports. The small manufacturing sector, based on soap and garment industries, grew by about 6%. The tourist industry remains undeveloped because of a rugged coastline and a lack of an international-class airport.

Real gdp purchasing power parity

Real gdp growth rate

Real gdp per capita ppp

Gross national saving
Gdp composition by sector of origin

Gdp composition by end use

Gdp composition by sector of origin

Agriculture products: bananas, citrus, coconuts, cocoa, yams, essential oils

Industries: agricultural processing, tourism, soap and other coconut-based products, cigars, pumice mining

Industrial production growth rate: 5.9% (manufacturing 1987)

Labor force:
25,000; 40% agriculture, 32%
industry and commerce, 28%
services (1984)

Labor force

Unemployment rate: 20% (1988 est.)

Youth unemployment

Population below poverty line

Gini index

Household income or consumption by percentage share

Distribution of family income gini index

Budget: revenues $60 million; expenditures $52 million, including capital expenditures of $18 million (FY88)

Public debt

Taxes and other revenues


Fiscal year: 1 July-30 June

Current account balance

Inflation rate consumer prices

Central bank discount rate

Commercial bank prime lending rate

Stock of narrow money

Stock of broad money

Stock of domestic credit

Market value of publicly traded shares

Current account balance

Exports: $46 million (f.o.b., 1987)
Commodities: bananas, coconuts, grapefruit, soap, galvanized sheets
Partners: UK 72%, Jamaica 10%, OECS 6%, US 3%, other 9%

Imports: $66.0 million (c.i.f., 1987)
Commodities: food, oils and fats, chemicals, fuels and lubricants, manufactured goods, machinery and equipment
Partners: US 23%, UK 18%, CARICOM 15%, OECS 15%, Japan 5%, Canada 3%, other 21%

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold

Debt external: $63.6 million (December 1987)

Stock of direct foreign investment at home

Stock of direct foreign investment abroad

Exchange rates: East Caribbean dollars (EC$) per US$1 - 2.70 (fixed rate since 1976)

Dominica - Energy 1989
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Electricity access

Electricity production

Electricity consumption

Electricity exports

Electricity imports

Electricity installed generating capacity

Electricity transmission distribution losses

Electricity generation sources


Refined petroleum

Natural gas

Carbon dioxide emissions

Energy consumption per capita

Dominica - Communication 1989
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Telephones fixed lines

Telephones mobile cellular

Telephone system

Broadcast media

Internet country code

Internet users

Broadband fixed subscriptions

Dominica - Military 1989
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Military expenditures
Dollar figure: NA

Military and security forces

Military service age and obligation

Terrorist groups

Dominica - Transportation 1989
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National air transport system

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix

Airports: 2 total, 2 usable; 2 with permanent-surface runways; 1 with runways 1,220-2,439 m

Airports with paved runways

Airports with unpaved runways






Merchant marine

Ports and terminals

Dominica - Transnational issues 1989
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Disputes international

Refugees and internally displaced persons

Illicit drugs


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