About Dominica

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General information on Dominica

The Commonwealth of Dominica is the largest (790 km2) and most northerly of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles is situated between the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

The island, the most mountainous of the Eastern Caribbean islands, is volcanically formed and is considered by the regional Seismic Research Unit as the most seismically active location in the region (UWI, Seismic Research Unit - Volcanic Hazard Report for South Dominica). Dominica has 8 active volcanoes and is heavily forested (65%) with a large rainforest, and an abundance of rivers.

Dominica is divided into 10 parishes. The parish of St. George, the most populous with 29% of the population (1991 Population & Housing Census Report), contains the capital city, Roseau. Since the island gained independence in 1978, Dominica adopted the Westminster model of government and continues to be centrally administered with a parliment.





Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 November 2009 18:43