Do you have family in Dominica or are you hoping to make its sandy beaches and rugged rainforest your new home? Take a look at these 20 facts about Dominica to boost your local knowledge!
- Dominica is a tiny mountainous island nation in the Caribbean Sea.
- Its nearest neighbours are Guadeloupe and Antigua & Barbuda to the north and Martinique and St Lucia to the south.
- To land on Dominica’s sandy shores, head for the coordinates 15.3000° N, 61.3833°
- The terrain here is dominated by beautifully rugged volcanic mountains, covered in tropical rainforest.
- The total land area of Dominica is 290 square miles (751 square kilometres)…
- …that’s around twice the size of Peterborough!
- Dominica’s population was 73,607 in 2015…
- …that’s less than half the population of Peterborough!
- Residents here are known as Dominicans.
- The capital of this wonderful country is Roseau; it had a population of 15,000 in 2014.
- Dominicans enjoy a tropical climate that is moderated by northeast trade winds.
- Dominica is home to the incredible ‘Boiling Lake’. This wonder of nature and UNESCO World Heritage Site is a flooded fumarole that is around 195 feet deep and is heated by gasses escaping from the molten lava below the earth’s crust.
- There are 8 plant, 2 reptile and 2 land bird species that are endemic to Dominica!
- Hoping to speak the local lingo? Well you’re in luck as the official language of Dominica is English!
- East Caribbean Dollar is the official currency here, so remember to exchange your GBP before you leave.
- The average life span in Dominica is 73 years.
- Dominica grows bananas, mangoes, root crops and citrus fruits – always something to eat, delicious!
- Its industry consists of tourism, soap, coconut oil and copra.
- Dominica exports bananas, grapefruit, soap, bay oil and vegetables.
- Do you know someone lucky enough to live in sunny Dominica? You can call make cheap calls to Dominica through Cherry Call – don’t forget to use the international dialling code of 001767.
Would you like to know what’s new in Dominica? Head over to the Dominica News Online website to find out!