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The Dominican Republic is a country in the south of North America. It shares an island with Haiti.

The Dominican Republic has a border on the south with the Caribbean Sea and on the north with the Atlantic Ocean.

The land is a mixture of mountains and fertile valleys.

The geographical coordinates for the centre of The Dominican Republic, also known as lines of latitude and longtitude, are:-
Latitude - 19 00N
Longitude - 70 40W

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dominicanrep The The Dominican Republicn flag is a full-size white cross which divides the flag into four rectangles. Across the top the rectangles are blue, flag pole side, and red while along the bottom the rectangles are red, flag pole side, and blue. In the centre of the cross is a coat of arms which is a shield. On the left of the shield is a laurel branch and on the right of the shield is a palm branch. Above the shield is a blue ribbon with the words Dios, Patria, Libertad, meaning God, country and freedom. and below the shield is a red ribbon with the words Republica Dominicana. In the shield is a bible.

The capital of The Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo.

The Dominican Republic is a presidential republic with a president as head of state and head of government.

In elections everyone over the age of 18 must vote. Married couples of any age can vote but members of the army and the police cannot vote.

The currency in The Dominican Republic is the Dominican peso.

Spanish is the official language.

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We have already written our own history of England but are asking schools in The Dominican Republic to provide us with a detailed history of their own country. Check how here.
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Land

The total land area of The Dominican Republic is 48,320 sq kms which is the 10th largest in North America.

The Dominican Republic has lakes, rivers and canals which total 350 sq kms.

The Dominican Republic has boundaries with 1 country

  • Haiti 376 kms

The Dominican Republic has a coastline of 1,288 kms which is the 9th longest in North America.

The highest point in The Dominican Republic is Pico Duarte at 3,098 metres.

The pie chart below shows how the land is split between agricultural land (crops and pastures), forests and other, which can be towns, villages, desert or frozen waste called tundra. dominicanrep
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People

The total population of The Dominican Republic is 10.61 million people, making it the 6th largest country in North America by population.

Of this number 5.24 million are females and 5.37 million are males.

A person from The Dominican Republic is called a The Dominican Republicn.

To be a citizen of The Dominican Republic, one of your parents must be a citizen of The Dominican Republic. It is not sufficient to be born in The Dominican Republic. You have to live in The Dominican Republic for 2 years before you can begin to apply for citizenship.

The largest five cities in The Dominican Republic, by population are:-

  • Santo Domingo 2,201,941 people
  • Santiago de los Cabelleros 1,200,000
  • Santo Domingo Oeste 701,269
  • Santo Domingo Este 700,000
  • San Pedro de Macoris 217,899
For each country we will give you a diagram showing the population density. This is the average number of people for each square kilometre. dominicanrepEach little Owlbut is 1 person and the big yellow rectangle is 1 sq km. After a while you can compare countries and see which ones are the most crowded. Remember it is only an average as more people live closer together in towns and cities than in villages out in the country.

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79.0% of the people live in cities or towns.
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Life

The birth rate in The Dominican Republic is 18.6 births per 1,000 of population

The death rate in The Dominican Republic is 4.6 deaths per 1,000 people.

Check this against the birth rate. If the death rate is higher than the birth rate then the population will decrease unless immigrants arrive in the country.

There are 16.2 deaths of girls under 1 year per 1,000 of births and 20.0 deaths of boys.

The median age for females is 28.0 and for males is 27.6. The median age is that age which divides the population exactly in half so there are the same number of people above the median age as below it.

The average age of a woman when she has her first child is 21.3.

The elderly dependency ratio is 10.5. This is the number of elderly people (ages 65+) per 100 people of working age (ages 15-64).

The potential support ratio is 9.5. This is the number of working-age people (ages 15-64) per one elderly person (ages 65+). As a population ages, the potential support ratio tends to fall, meaning there are fewer potential workers to support the elderly.

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The Dominican Republic spends 4.4% of its total income on health care.

There are 1.49 doctors per 1,000 people.

There are 1.7 hospital beds per 1,000 people.

27.6% of the population are estimated as obese.

85.4% of the urban population and 81.9% of the rural population have drinking water that is either piped into their home or they have access to a public tap, a protected borehole, well, spring or protected rainwater collection facility.

86.2% of the urban population and 75.7% of the rural population have access to a flushing toilet that is connected to a sewer. a pit latrine (that is a permanent hole in the ground that is looked after) or a composting toilet.



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The Dominican Republic releases 22.0 million metric tons of carbon dioxide by burning fossil fuels in the process of producing and consuming energy. This puts it as the 6th highest in North America.
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Education

The Dominican Republic spends 2.1% of its total income on education.

Children usually start school at age 6 in The Dominican Republic. Primary education is for eight years until age 14 and is compulsory. Secondary education can continue for another 4 years but is not compulsory. This may be followed by further education at a university or college.

Generally the school year consists of 3 terms and starts in the third week of August and finishes in the third week of June. There is usually a 2 week break at Christmas and a 1 week break at Easter.

92.3% of females and 91.2% of males are able to read and write by the age of 15.

13.4% of all people aged between 16 and 24 are not in work. Among females 21.7% are unemployed while with males 8.5% can't find work.

The total number of people available for work in The Dominican Republic is 5.11 million.

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  • Agriculture includes farming, fishing and forestry work
  • Industry includes mining, manufacturing, construction and energy workers
  • Services is everything else
13.8% of the workforce are unemployed.
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Travel



There are 16 airports in The Dominican Republic, which is the 8th highest number in North America.
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There are 496 kilometres of railways in The Dominican Republic, the 7th longest in North America.
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There are 9,872 kilometres of roads in The Dominican Republic, which means The Dominican Republic is in 7th place for the most kilometres of roads in North America.
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There are 5 major national newspapers in The Dominican Republic.

There are 8.80 million mobile phone users.

12% of the people have a fixed landline.

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5.44 million people have access to the internet at home via any device (computer or mobile).
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