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The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti to the west. It's known for its beaches, resorts and golfing. Its terrain comprises rainforest, savannah and highlands, including Pico Duarte, the Caribbean’s tallest mountain. Capital city Santo Domingo has Spanish landmarks like the Gothic Catedral Primada de America dating back 5 centuries in its Zona Colonial district.

Languages: Spanish (official)

Ethnic Groups: Mulatto, Mestizo, or Multiracial(Mixed Ancestry) 72%, White Dominican (European Ancestry) 16%, Black Dominican(African Ancestry) 11%, Arabs, Asians, and Other Groups of People 1%

Belief Systems: Roman Catholic Christianity 75%,Protestant Christianity 20%, Atheism or Agnosticism 3%, and Caribbean Vodou, Islam, Judaism, Eastern Religions, or Other Beliefs2%


Population: 10.4 million people (World Rank: 85th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 559 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 61st) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 1.23 %/yr (World Rank: 106th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 73.4 years (World Rank: 127th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 25 years (World Rank: 115th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Dominican Republic
from Geology.com

World Factbook

Dominican Republic - Country Profile
U.S. Library of Congress profile of Dominican Republic
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Dominican Republic - General Information
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Dominican Republic
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Dominican Embassy
in Washington D.C.

Dominican Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger.

Travel Info for Dominican Republic
from travelnotes.org

Local Weather Conditions

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