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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Dominica 
  n  1:  a  country  on  the  island  of  Dominica  [syn:  {Dominica}] 
  2:  a  volcanic  island  in  the  Windward  Islands  [syn:  {Dominica}] 
 
  From  The  CIA  World  Factbook  (1995)  [world95]: 
 
  Dominica 
 
  Dominica:Geography 
 
  Location:  Caribbean,  island  between  the  Caribbean  Sea  and  the  North 
  Atlantic  Ocean,  about  one-half  of  the  way  from  Puerto  Rico  to  Trinidad 
  and  Tobago 
 
  Map  references:  Central  America  and  the  Caribbean 
 
  Area: 
  total  area:  750  sq  km 
  land  area:  750  sq  km 
  comparative  area:  slightly  more  than  four  times  the  size  of 
  Washington,  DC 
 
  Land  boundaries:  0  km 
 
  Coastline:  148  km 
 
  Maritime  claims: 
  contiguous  zone:  24  nm 
  exclusive  economic  zone:  200  nm 
  territorial  sea:  12  nm 
 
  International  disputes:  none 
 
  Climate:  tropical;  moderated  by  northeast  trade  winds;  heavy  rainfall 
 
  Terrain:  rugged  mountains  of  volcanic  origin 
 
  Natural  resources:  timber 
 
  Land  use: 
  arable  land:  9% 
  permanent  crops:  13% 
  meadows  and  pastures:  3% 
  forest  and  woodland:  41% 
  other:  34% 
 
  Irrigated  land:  NA  sq  km 
 
  Environment: 
  current  issues:  NA 
  natural  hazards:  flash  floods  are  a  constant  threat;  destructive 
  hurricanes  can  be  expected  during  the  late  summer  months 
  international  agreements:  party  to  -  Biodiversity,  Climate  Change, 
  Environmental  Modification,  Law  of  the  Sea,  Ozone  Layer  Protection, 
  Whaling 
 
  Dominica:People 
 
  Population:  82,608  (July  1995  est.) 
 
  Age  structure: 
  0-14  years:  29%  (female  11,665;  male  12,130) 
  15-64  years:  64%  (female  25,606;  male  26,890) 
  65  years  and  over:  7%  (female  3,724;  male  2,593)  (July  1995  est.) 
 
  Population  growth  rate:  0.4%  (1995  est.) 
 
  Birth  rate:  18.63  births/1,000  population  (1995  est.) 
 
  Death  rate:  5.33  deaths/1,000  population  (1995  est.) 
 
  Net  migration  rate:  -9.36  migrant(s)/1,000  population  (1995  est.) 
 
  Infant  mortality  rate:  9.9  deaths/1,000  live  births  (1995  est.) 
 
  Life  expectancy  at  birth: 
  total  population:  77.2  years 
  male:  74.35  years 
  female:  80.2  years  (1995  est.) 
 
  Total  fertility  rate:  1.95  children  born/woman  (1995  est.) 
 
  Nationality: 
  noun:  Dominican(s) 
  adjective:  Dominican 
 
  Ethnic  divisions:  black,  Carib  Indians 
 
  Religions:  Roman  Catholic  77%,  Protestant  15%  (Methodist  5%, 
  Pentecostal  3%,  Seventh-Day  Adventist  3%,  Baptist  2%,  other  2%),  none 
  2%,  unknown  1%,  other  5% 
 
  Languages:  English  (official),  French  patois 
 
  Literacy:  age  15  and  over  has  ever  attended  school  (1970) 
  total  population:  94% 
  male:  94% 
  female:  94% 
 
  Labor  force:  25,000 
  by  occupation:  agriculture  40%,  industry  and  commerce  32%,  services 
  28%  (1984) 
 
  Dominica:Government 
 
  Names: 
  conventional  long  form:  Commonwealth  of  Dominica 
  conventional  short  form:  Dominica 
 
  Digraph:  DO 
 
  Type:  parliamentary  democracy 
 
  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 
 
  Independence:  3  November  1978  (from  UK) 
 
  National  holiday:  Independence  Day  3  November  (1978) 
 
  Constitution:  3  November  1978 
 
  Legal  system:  based  on  English  common  law 
 
  Suffrage:  18  years  of  age;  universal 
 
  Executive  branch: 
  chief  of  state:  President  Crispin  Anselm  SORHAINDO  (since  25  October 
  1993)  election  last  held  4  October  1993  (next  to  be  held  NA  October 
  1998);  results  -  President  Crispin  Anselm  SORHAINDO  was  elected  by  the 
  House  of  Assembly  to  a  five-year  term 
  head  of  government:  Prime  Minister  (Mary)  Eugenia  CHARLES  (since  21 
  July  1980,  elected  for  a  third  term  28  May  1990) 
  cabinet:  Cabinet;  appointed  by  the  president  on  the  advice  of  the 
  prime  minister 
 
  Legislative  branch:  unicameral 
  House  of  Assembly:  elections  last  held  28  May  1990  (next  to  be  held  by 
  October  1995);  results  -  percent  of  vote  by  party  NA  seats  -  (30 
  total;  9  appointed  senators  and  21  elected  representatives)  DFP  11, 
  UWP  6,  DLP  4 
 
  Judicial  branch:  Eastern  Caribbean  Supreme  Court 
 
  Political  parties  and  leaders:  Dominica  Freedom  Party  (DFP),  Brian 
  ALLEYNE  Dominica  Labor  Party  (DLP),  Rosie  DOUGLAS;  United  Workers 
  Party  (UWP),  Edison  JAMES 
 
  Other  political  or  pressure  groups:  Dominica  Liberation  Movement 
  (DLM),  a  small  leftist  group 
 
  Member  of:  ACCT,  ACP,  C,  CARICOM  CDB,  ECLAC  FAO,  G-77,  GATT,  IBRD, 
  ICFTU  ICRM,  IDA,  IFAD,  IFC,  IFRCS  ILO,  IMF,  IMO,  INTERPOL,  IOC,  NAM 
  (observer),  OAS,  OECS,  OPANAL  UN  UNCTAD  UNESCO,  UNIDO  UPU,  WCL, 
  WHO  WMO 
 
  Diplomatic  representation  in  US:  Dominica  has  no  embassy  in  the  US 
  consulate(s)  general:  New  York 
 
  US  diplomatic  representation:  no  official  presence  since  the 
  Ambassador  resides  in  Bridgetown  (Barbados),  but  travels  frequently  to 
  Dominica 
 
  Flag:  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) 
 
  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,  citrus,  mangoes,  root  crops,  and  coconuts.  Development  of  the 
  tourist  industry  remains  difficult  because  of  the  rugged  coastline  and 
  the  lack  of  an  international  airport.  In  1994  a  tropical  storm 
  devastated  the  banana  industry. 
 
  National  product:  GDP  -  purchasing  power  parity  -  $200  million  (1994 
  est.) 
 
  National  product  real  growth  rate:  1.6%  (1994  est.) 
 
  National  product  per  capita:  $2,260  (1994  est.) 
 
  Inflation  rate  (consumer  prices):  1.6%  (1993  est.) 
 
  Unemployment  rate:  15%  (1992  est.) 
 
  Budget: 
  revenues:  $70  million 
  expenditures:  $84  million,  including  capital  expenditures  of  $26 
  million  (FY90/91  est.) 
 
  Exports:  $48.3  million  (f.o.b.,  1993) 
  commodities:  bananas,  soap,  bay  oil,  vegetables,  grapefruit,  oranges 
  partners:  UK  55%,  CARICOM  countries,  Italy,  US 
 
  Imports:  $98.8  million  (f.o.b.,  1993) 
  commodities:  manufactured  goods,  machinery  and  equipment,  food, 
  chemicals 
  partners:  US  25%,  CARICOM  UK  Japan,  Canada 
 
  External  debt:  $92.8  million  (1992) 
 
  Industrial  production:  growth  rate  -10%  (1994  est.);  accounts  for  7% 
  of  GDP 
 
  Electricity: 
  capacity:  7,000  kW 
  production:  30  million  kWh 
  consumption  per  capita:  347  kWh  (1993) 
 
  Industries:  soap,  coconut  oil,  tourism,  copra,  furniture,  cement 
  blocks,  shoes 
 
  Agriculture:  accounts  for  30%  of  GDP;  principal  crops  -  bananas, 
  citrus,  mangoes,  root  crops,  coconuts;  bananas  provide  the  bulk  of 
  export  earnings;  forestry  and  fisheries  potential  not  exploited 
 
  Illicit  drugs:  transshipment  point  for  narcotics  bound  for  the  US  and 
  Europe;  minor  cannabis  producer 
 
  Economic  aid: 
  recipient:  Western  (non-US)  countries,  ODA  and  OOF  bilateral 
  commitments  (1970-89),  $120  million 
 
  Currency:  1  EC  dollar  (EC$)  =  100  cents 
 
  Exchange  rates:  East  Caribbean  dollars  (EC$)  per  US$1  -  2.70  (fixed 
  rate  since  1976) 
 
  Fiscal  year:  1  July  -  30  June 
 
  Dominica:Transportation 
 
  Railroads:  0  km 
 
  Highways: 
  total:  750  km 
  paved:  370  km 
  unpaved:  gravel  or  earth  380  km 
 
  Ports:  Portsmouth,  Roseau 
 
  Merchant  marine:  none 
 
  Airports: 
  total:  2 
  with  paved  runways  914  to  1,523  m:  1 
  with  paved  runways  under  914  m:  1 
 
  Dominica:Communications 
 
  Telephone  system:  4,600  telephones;  fully  automatic  network 
  local:  NA 
  intercity:  NA 
  international:  SHF  radio  and  microwave  radio  relay  links  to  Martinique 
  and  Guadeloupe;  VHF  and  UHF  radio  links  to  Saint  Lucia 
 
  Radio: 
  broadcast  stations:  AM  3,  FM  2,  shortwave  0 
  radios:  NA 
 
  Television: 
  broadcast  stations:  1  cable 
  televisions:  NA 
 
  Dominica:Defense  Forces 
 
  Branches:  Commonwealth  of  Dominica  Police  Force  (includes  Special 
  Service  Unit,  Coast  Guard) 
 
  Defense  expenditures:  $NA,  NA%  of  GDP 
 
 
 




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