Facts About The Dominican Republic

Below, we have gathered some information on the Dominican Republic for potential property investors, so that they can gain some knowledge of the county in which they propose to invest.


Research and Facts about the Dominican Republic

(From CIA World Factbook)

Information Required When Travelling to the Dominican Republic:

Country Name:

Dominican Republic

Location:

Caribbean, eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Haiti

Area:

48,730 sq km

land:

48,380 sq km

water:

350 sq km

Land Boundaries:

360 km

Border Countries:

Haiti 360 km

Coastline:

1,288 km

Climate:

tropical maritime; little seasonal temperature variation; seasonal variation in rainfall

Terrain:

rugged highlands and mountains with fertile valleys interspersed

Geography:

shares island of Hispaniola with Haiti

Population:

9,507,133 (July 2008 est.)

Age Structure:

0-14 Years:

31.8% (male 1,537,981/female 1,482,546)

15-64 Years:

62.4% (male 3,029,349/female 2,905,471)

65 Years and Over:

5.8% (male 255,898/female 295,888) (2008 est.)

Average Age:

Total:

24.7 years

Male:

24.6 years

Female:

24.8 years (2008 est.)

Ethnic Groups:

mixed 73%, white 16%, black 11%

Religions:

Roman Catholic 95%, other 5%

General

Languages:

Spanish

Government

Type:

democratic republic

Capital:

Santo Domingo

Provincial:

31 provinces (provincias, singular - provincia) and 1 district* (distrito); Azua, Bahoruco, Barahona, Dajabon, Distrito Nacional*, Duarte, El Seibo, Elias Pina, Espaillat, Hato Mayor, Independencia, La Altagracia, La Romana, La Vega, Maria Trinidad Sanchez, Monsenor Nouel, Monte Cristi, Monte Plata, Pedernales, Peravia, Puerto Plata, Salcedo, Samana, San Cristobal, San Jose de Ocoa, San Juan, San Pedro de Macoris, Sanchez Ramirez, Santiago, Santiago Rodriguez, Santo Domingo, Valverde

Independence:

27 February 1844 (from Haiti)

Economy

Currency:

Dominican peso (DOP)

GDP Growth Rate:

8.5% (2007 est.)

Labour Occupations:

agriculture: 11.7%
industry: 23.8%
services: 64.4% (2007 est.)

Unemployment Rate:

15.6% (2007 est.)

Inflation Rate:

5.7% (2005 est.)

Agriculture Produce:

sugarcane, coffee, cotton, cocoa, tobacco, rice, beans, potatoes, corn, bananas; cattle, pigs, dairy products, beef, eggs

Transportation

Railways:

total: 517 km

Roads:

total: 12,600 km
paved: 6,224 km
unpaved: 6,376 km (2000)

Airports:

total: 15 (paved)
over 3,047 m: 3
2,438 to 3,047 m: 4
1,524 to 2,437 m: 4
914 to 1,523 m: 3
under 914 m: 1 (2007)

Ports & Harbours:

Boca Chica, Caucedo, Puerto Plata, Rio Haina, Santo Domingo

Communications

Mains Telephones:

897,000 (2006)

Mobile Telephones:

5.513 million (2007)

Television Stations:

25 (2003)

Internet Users:

1.232 million (2006)

Country Internet Code:

.do

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