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 for Dominica
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a country on the island of Dominica [syn: Dominica,
           Commonwealth of Dominica]
      2: a volcanic island in the Windward Islands that was once a
         stronghold of the Carib Indians

From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

     Introduction Dominica
                              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, who remained in office
                                          for 15 years.
     Geography Dominica
                                Location: Caribbean, island between the
                                          Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic
                                          Ocean, about one-half of the way
                                          from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and
                  Geographic coordinates: 15 25 N, 61 20 W
                          Map references: Central America and the Caribbean
                                    Area: total: 754 sq km
                                          water: 0 sq km
                                          land: 754 sq km
                      Area - comparative: slightly more than four times the
                                          size of Washington, DC
                         Land boundaries: 0 km
                               Coastline: 148 km
                         Maritime claims: contiguous zone: 24 NM
                                          territorial sea: 12 NM
                                          exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
                                 Climate: tropical; moderated by northeast
                                          trade winds; heavy rainfall
                                 Terrain: rugged mountains of volcanic origin
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
                                          highest point: Morne Diablatins
                                          1,447 m
                       Natural resources: timber, hydropower, arable land
                                Land use: arable land: 4%
                                          permanent crops: 16%
                                          other: 80% (1998 est.)
                          Irrigated land: NA sq km
                         Natural hazards: flash floods are a constant threat;
                                          destructive hurricanes can be
                                          expected during the late summer
            Environment - current issues: NA
              Environment - international party to: Biodiversity, Climate
                              agreements: Change, Desertification, Endangered
                                          Species, Environmental Modification,
                                          Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea,
                                          Ozone Layer Protection, Ship
                                          Pollution, Whaling
                                          signed, but not ratified: none of
                                          the selected agreements
                        Geography - note: known as "The Nature Island of the
                                          Caribbean" due to its spectacular,
                                          lush, and varied flora and fauna,
                                          which are protected by an extensive
                                          natural park system; the most
                                          mountainous of the Lesser Antilles,
                                          its volcanic peaks are cones of lava
                                          craters and include Boiling Lake,
                                          the second-largest, thermally active
                                          lake in the world
     People Dominica
                              Population: 70,158 (July 2002 est.)
                           Age structure: 0-14 years: 28.3% (male 10,052;
                                          female 9,800)
                                          15-64 years: 63.8% (male 23,011;
                                          female 21,782)
                                          65 years and over: 7.9% (male 2,245;
                                          female 3,268) (2002 est.)
                  Population growth rate: -0.81% (2002 est.)
                              Birth rate: 17.3 births/1,000 population (2002
                              Death rate: 7.11 deaths/1,000 population (2002
                      Net migration rate: -18.26 migrant(s)/1,000 population
                                          (2002 est.)
                               Sex ratio: at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
                                          under 15 years: 1.03 male(s)/female
                                          15-64 years: 1.06 male(s)/female
                                          65 years and over: 0.69 male(s)/
                                          total population: 1.01 male(s)/
                                          female (2002 est.)
                   Infant mortality rate: 15.94 deaths/1,000 live births (2002
                Life expectancy at birth: total population: 73.86 years
                                          female: 76.88 years (2002 est.)
                                          male: 70.98 years
                    Total fertility rate: 2.01 children born/woman (2002 est.)
        HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: NA%
       HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/ NA
                       HIV/AIDS - deaths: NA
                             Nationality: noun: Dominican(s)
                                          adjective: Dominican
                           Ethnic groups: black, mixed black and European,
                                          European, Syrian, Carib Amerindian
                               Religions: Roman Catholic 77%, Protestant 15%
                                          (Methodist 5%, Pentecostal 3%,
                                          Seventh-Day Adventist 3%, Baptist
                                          2%, other 2%), none 2%, other 6%
                               Languages: English (official), French patois
                                Literacy: definition: age 15 and over has ever
                                          attended school
                                          total population: 94%
                                          male: 94%
                                          female: 94% (1970 est.)
     Government Dominica
                            Country name: conventional long form: Commonwealth
                                          of Dominica
                                          conventional short form: Dominica
                         Government type: parliamentary democracy; republic
                                          within the 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
                            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 Vernon
                                          Lordon SHAW (since 6 October 1998)
                                          elections: president elected by the
                                          House of Assembly for a five-year
                                          term; election last held 6 October
                                          1998 (next to be held NA October
                                          2003); prime minister appointed by
                                          the president
                                          election results: Vernon Lordon SHAW
                                          elected president; percent of
                                          legislative vote - NA%
                                          cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the
                                          president on the advice of the prime
                                          head of government: Prime Minister
                                          Pierre CHARLES (since 1 October
                                          2000); note - assumed post after
                                          death of Prime Minister Roosevelt
                      Legislative branch: unicameral House of Assembly (30
                                          seats, 9 appointed senators, 21
                                          elected by popular vote; members
                                          serve five-year terms)
                                          elections: last held 31 January 2000
                                          (next to be held by NA 2005)
                                          election results: percent of vote by
                                          party - NA%; seats by party -DLP 10,
                                          UWP 9, DFP 2
                         Judicial branch: Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court,
                                          consisting of the Court of Appeal
                                          and the High Court (located in Saint
                                          Lucia; one of the six judges must
                                          reside in Dominica and preside over
                                          the Court of Summary Jurisdiction)
           Political parties and leaders: Dominica Freedom Party or DFP
                                          [Charles SAVARIN]; Dominica Labor
                                          Party or DLP [Pierre CHARLES];
                                          United Workers Party or UWP [Edison
            Political pressure groups and Dominica Liberation Movement or DLM
                                 leaders: (a small leftist party)
               International organization ACCT, ACP, C, Caricom, CDB, ECLAC,
                           participation: FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA,
                                          IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO,
                                          Interpol, IOC, ISO (subscriber),
                                          ITU, NAM (observer), OAS, OECS,
                                          OPANAL, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO,
                                          UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WHO, WIPO, WMO,
     Diplomatic representation in the US: chief of mission: Ambassador
                                          Nicholas J. O. LIVERPOOL (resident
                                          in Dominica)
                                          chancery: 3216 New Mexico Avenue NW,
                                          Washington, DC 20016
                                          telephone: [1] (202) 364-6781
                                          consulate(s) general: New York
                                          FAX: [1] (202) 364-6791
       Diplomatic representation from the the US does not have an embassy in
                                      US: Dominica; US interests are served by
                                          the embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados
                        Flag description: green, with a centered cross of
                                          three equal bands - the vertical
                                          part is yellow (hoist side), black,
                                          and white and 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
     Economy Dominica
                      Economy - overview: The Dominican economy depends on
                                          agriculture, primarily bananas, and
                                          remains highly vulnerable to
                                          climatic conditions. Hurricane Luis
                                          devastated the country's banana crop
                                          in 1995 after tropical storms wiped
                                          out a quarter of the 1994 crop. The
                                          subsequent recovery has been fueled
                                          by increases in construction, soap
                                          production, and tourist arrivals.
                                          Development of the tourism industry
                                          remains difficult however, because
                                          of the rugged coastline, lack of
                                          beaches, and the absence of an
                                          international airport. Economic
                                          growth is sluggish, and unemployment
                                          is greater than 20%. The government
                                          has been attempting to develop an
                                          offshore financial sector in order
                                          to diversify the island's production
                                     GDP: purchasing power parity - $262
                                          million (2001 est.)
                  GDP - real growth rate: -3.2% (2001 est.)
                        GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $3,700
                                          (2001 est.)
             GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 18%
                                          industry: 23%
                                          services: 59% (2001 est.)
           Population below poverty line: NA%
       Household income or consumption by lowest 10%: NA%
                        percentage share: highest 10%: NA%
        Inflation rate (consumer prices): 1% (2001 est.)
                             Labor force: 25,000
             Labor force - by occupation: agriculture 40%, industry and
                                          commerce 32%, services 28%
                       Unemployment rate: 23% (2000 est.)
                                  Budget: revenues: $72 million
                                          expenditures: $79.9 million,
                                          including capital expenditures of
                                          $11.5 million (FY97/98)
                              Industries: soap, coconut oil, tourism, copra,
                                          furniture, cement blocks, shoes
       Industrial production growth rate: -10% (1997 est.)
                Electricity - production: 67 million kWh (2000)
      Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 47.76%
                                          hydro: 52.24%
                                          other: 0% (2000)
                                          nuclear: 0%
               Electricity - consumption: 62.31 million kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2000)
                  Agriculture - products: bananas, citrus, mangoes, root
                                          crops, coconuts, cocoa; forest and
                                          fishery potential not exploited
                                 Exports: $49 million (f.o.b., 2000 est.)
                   Exports - commodities: bananas, soap, bay oil, vegetables,
                                          grapefruit, oranges
                      Exports - partners: Caricom countries 47%, UK 36%, US 7%
                                          (1996 est.)
                                 Imports: $132 million (c.i.f., 2000 est.)
                   Imports - commodities: manufactured goods, machinery and
                                          equipment, food, chemicals
                      Imports - partners: US 41%, Caricom countries 25%, UK
                                          13%, Netherlands, Canada (1996 est.)
                         Debt - external: $150 million (2000)
                Economic aid - recipient: $24.4 million (1995)
                                Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
                           Currency code: XCD
                          Exchange rates: East Caribbean dollars per US dollar
                                          - 2.7000 (fixed rate since 1976)
                             Fiscal year: 1 July - 30 June
     Communications Dominica
          Telephones - main lines in use: 19,000 (1996)
            Telephones - mobile cellular: 461 (1996)
                        Telephone system: general assessment: NA
                                          domestic: fully automatic network
                                          international: microwave radio relay
                                          and SHF radiotelephone links to
                                          Martinique and Guadeloupe; VHF and
                                          UHF radiotelephone links to Saint
                Radio broadcast stations: AM 3, FM 10, shortwave 0 (1998)
                                  Radios: 46,000 (1997)
           Television broadcast stations: 0 (however, there is one cable
                                          television company) (1997)
                             Televisions: 6,000 (1997)
                   Internet country code: .dm
       Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 16 (2000)
                          Internet users: 2,000 (2000)
     Transportation Dominica
                                            Railways: 0 km
                                            Highways: total: 780 km
                                                      paved: 390 km
                                                      unpaved: 390 km (2001)
                                           Waterways: none
                                   Ports and harbors: Portsmouth, Roseau
                                     Merchant marine: none (2002 est.)
                                            Airports: 2 (2001)
                       Airports - with paved runways: total: 2
                                                      914 to 1,523 m: 2 (2001)
     Military Dominica
                         Military branches: Commonwealth of Dominica Police
                                            Force (including Special Service
                                            Unit, Coast Guard)
             Military expenditures - dollar $NA
         Military expenditures - percent of NA%
     Transnational Issues Dominica
                 Disputes - international: none
                            Illicit drugs: transshipment point for narcotics
                                           bound for the US and Europe; minor
                                           cannabis producer; banking industry
                                           is vulnerable to money laundering

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