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Friday, July 20, 2012

173rd Country Visitor - From DOMINICA.


DOMINICA - you are the 173rd country (out of 196 countries in the world) to visit my Blog. Thank you...
The visitor was on line at 8.51am Malaysian time today - from Roseau, Saint George.
Your visit to my Blog have made us wonder where about is your country and what is there to offer in Dominica....
So, let's learn something about DOMINICA.
the country flag.
Dominica, officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, is an island nation in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea, south-southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest ofMartinique. Its size is 750 square kilometres (290 sq mi) and the highest point in the country is Morne Diablotins, which has an elevation of 1,447 metres (4,747 ft). The Commonwealth of Dominica had a population of 71,293 at the 2011 Census. The capital is Roseau.
Dominica has been nicknamed the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" for its unspoiled natural beauty. It is the youngest island in theLesser Antilles, still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity, as evidenced by the world's second-largest hot springBoiling Lake. The island features lush mountainous rainforests, home of many rare plant, animal, and bird species. There are xeric areas in some of the western coastal regions, but heavy rainfall can be expected inland. The Sisserou Parrot (also known as the Imperial Amazon), the island's national bird, is featured on the national flag. Dominica's economy is heavily dependent on tourism, agriculture and heavy taxation.
GEOGRAPHY:
Dominica is an island nation and borderless country in the Caribbean Sea, the northernmost of theWindward Islands (though it is sometimes considered the southernmost of the Leeward Islands). The size of the country is about 289.5 square miles (750 km2). The capital is Roseau.
Dominica is largely covered by rainforest and is home to the world's second-largest hot springBoiling Lake. Dominica has many waterfalls, springs, and rivers. The Calibishie area in the country's northeast has sandy beaches. Some plants and animals thought to be extinct on surrounding islands can still be found in Dominica's forests. The volcanic nature of the island has attracted scuba divers. The island has several protected areas, including Cabrits National Park, as well as 365 rivers.
On his second voyage to the Caribbean, Dominica was the first New World country that Christopher Columbus discovered. It is said that when his royal sponsors asked Christopher Columbus to describe this island, he crumpled a piece of parchment roughly and threw it on the table. "This", Columbus explained, "is what Dominica looks like—completely covered with mountains with nary a flat spot."
Morne Trois Pitons National Park is a tropical forest blended with scenic volcanic features. It was recognised as a World Heritage Site on April 4, 1995, a distinction it shares with four other Caribbean islands.

Calibishie beach landscape
The Commonwealth of Dominica is engaged in a long-running dispute with Venezuela over Venezuela's territorial claims to the sea surrounding Isla Aves (literally Bird Island, but in fact called Bird Rock by Dominica authorities), a tiny islet located 140 miles (225 km) west of the island of Dominica.

There are two primary population centres: Roseau (with 14,725 inhabitants in 2011) and Portsmouth (with 4,167 inhabitants in 2011).
Dominica possesses the most pristine wilderness in the Caribbean. Originally, it was protected by sheer mountains which led the European powers to build ports and agricultural settlements on other islands. More recently, the citizens of this island have sought to preserve its spectacular natural beauty by discouraging the type of high-impact tourism which has damaged nature in most of the Caribbean.
Visitors can find large tropical forests, including one which is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites, hundreds of streams, coastlines and coral reefs.
The Sisserou parrot is Dominica's national bird and is indigenous to its mountain forests.
The Caribbean Sea offshore of the island of Dominica is home to many cetaceans. Most notably a group of sperm whales live in this area year round. Other cetaceans commonly seen in the area include spinner dolphinspantropical spotted dolphins and bottlenose dolphins. Less commonly seen animals include killer whalesfalse killer whalespygmy sperm whalesdwarf sperm whalesRisso's dolphinscommon dolphinsAtlantic spotted dolphins,humpback whales and Bryde's whales. This makes Dominica a destination for tourists interested in whale-watching.
Dominica is especially vulnerable to hurricanes as the island is located in what is referred to as the hurricane region. In 1979, Dominica was hit directly by category 5 Hurricane David, causing widespread and extreme damage. On August 17, 2007, Hurricane Dean, a category 1 at the time, hit the island. A mother and her seven-year-old son died when alandslide caused by the heavy rains crushed their house. In another incident two people were injured when a tree fell on their house. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerritestimated that 100 to 125 homes were damaged, and that the agricultural sector was extensively damaged, in particular the banana crop.
FACTS AND FIGURES:
President: Nicholas Liverpool (2003)
Prime Minister: Roosevelt Skerrit (2004)
Total area: 290 sq mi (751 sq km)
Population (2010 est.): 72,813 (growth rate: 0.2%); birth rate: 15.7/1000; infant mortality rate: 13.2/1000; life expectancy: 75.7; density per sq km: 96
Monetary unit: East Caribbean dollar
Languages: English (official) and French patois
Ethnicity/race: black, mixed black and European, European, Syrian, Carib Amerindian
National Holiday: Independence Day, November 3
Religions: Roman Catholic 77%, Protestant 15% (Methodist 5%, Pentecostal 3%, Seventh-Day Adventist 3%, Baptist 2%, other 2%), none 2%
Literacy rate: 94% (2003 est.)
Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2009 est.): $743 million; per capita $10,200.  
Real growth rate: 1.1%.  
Inflation: 2.7% (2007 est.). 
Unemployment: 23% (2000 est.).  
Arable land: 7%.  
Labor force: 25,000 (1999 est); agriculture 40%, industry and commerce 32%, services 28%. Agriculture: bananas, citrus, mangoes, root crops, coconuts, cocoa; forest and fishery potential not exploited.  
Industries: soap, coconut oil, tourism, copra, furniture, cement blocks, shoes.  
Natural resources: timber, hydropower, arable land.  
Exports: $74 million f.o.b. (2004 est.): bananas, soap, bay oil, vegetables, grapefruit, oranges. 
Imports: $234 million f.o.b. (2004 est.): manufactured goods, machinery and equipment, food, chemicals. Major trading partners: UK, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, Japan, Trinidad and Tobago, U.S., China, South Korea (2004).
Member of Commonwealth of Nations
Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 23,700 (2002); mobile cellular: 9,400 (2002).  
Radio broadcast stations: AM 2, FM 4, shortwave 0 (2004).  
Television broadcast stations: 1 (2004).  
Internet hosts: 681 (2003).  
Internet users: 12,500 (2002).
Transportation: Railways: 0 km.  
Highways: total: 780 km; paved: 393 km; unpaved: 393 km (1999 est.).  
Ports and harbors: Portsmouth, Roseau.  
Airports: 2 (2004 est.).

Photos:
 the emerald pool - Dominica
 turtle bay - Dominica
 Dominica fruit
 Kalinago Indians of Dominica
 carnival in Dominica
 Miss Dominica

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