Do you have family in Dominica or are you hoping to make its sandy beaches and rugged rainforest your new home? Take a look at these 19 interesting facts about Dominica to boost your local knowledge!
Dominica is a tiny mountainous island nation in the Caribbean Sea.
Its nearest neighbours are Guadeloupe and Antigua & Barbuda to the north and Martinique and St Lucia to the south.
To land on Dominica’s sandy shores, head for the coordinates 15.3000° N, 61.3833°
Flag of Dominica
The terrain here is dominated by beautifully rugged volcanic mountains, covered in tropical rainforest.
The total land area of Dominica is 290 square miles (751 square kilometres)…
…that’s around twice the size of Peterborough!
Dominica’s population was 71,625 in 2018…
…that’s less than half the population of Peterborough!
Residents here are known as Dominicans.
The capital of this wonderful country is Roseau; it had a population of 15,000 in 2014.
Dominicans enjoy a tropical climate that is moderated by northeast trade winds.
Dominica is home to the incredible ‘Boiling Lake’. This wonder of nature and UNESCO World Heritage Site is a flooded fumarole that is around 195 feet deep and is heated by gasses escaping from the molten lava below the Earth’s crust.
There are 8 plant, 2 reptile and 2 land bird species that are endemic to Dominica!
Hoping to speak the local lingo? Well you’re in luck as the official language of Dominica is English!
East Caribbean Dollar is the official currency here, so remember to exchange your spending money before you leave.