Dominican Republic Profile

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The Dominican Republic is located in La Hispaniola island. Hispaniola is the second largest island of the insular Caribbean. The island is positioned 60 km from Cuba, 90 km from Puerto Rico, 150 km from Jamaica, and separated from Haiti by a border of 360 km.

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Located in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, the Dominican Republic is near the main consumer of the world (United States) and has access to all the trade routes of the international market.

  • Geography: 48,670 square kilometers
  • Time zone: -4 GMT
  • Population: 10,648,791(July 2017 est.)
  • Climate: tropical maritime; little seasonal temperature variation; seasonal variation in rainfall:
    • Driest Month – March: 19 mm average rainfall
    • Wettest month – June: 185 mm average rainfall

Language: Spanish (official)
Education: 2.2% of GDP (2007)
Employability:

  • Labor force: 4.893 million (2016 est.)
  • Unemployment rate: 14.2% (2016 est.)
  • Currency: Dominican peso
  • Economy: The Dominican Republic has long been viewed primarily as an exporter of sugar, coffee, and tobacco, but in recent years the service sector has overtaken agriculture as the economy’s largest employer, due to growth in telecommunications, tourism, and free trade zones. The growth of economy rebounded from the global recession in 2010-12 and remains one of the fastest growing in the region. The fiscal situation, however, is weak; the fiscal deficit climbed from 2.6% in 2011 to approximately 8% in 2012.
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Having a general environment of social peace, the Dominican Republic is one f the most stable democracies in Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Government type: democratic republic
  • Administrative divisions: 31 provinces
  • Executive: President Danilo Medina Sánchez (since 16 August 2012); Vice President Margarita Cedeño de Fernández (since 16 August 2012)
  • Legislative: bicameral National Congress consists of the Senate (32 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms) and the House of Representatives (183 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
  • Judicial: Supreme Court of Justice (consists of a minimum of 16 magistrates); Constitutional Court (consists of 13 judges)

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Water:
350 square kilometers

Energy:

  1. Production: 13.09 billion kWh (2011 est.)
  2. Consumption: 15.96 billion kWh (2013 est.)

Transportation:

  1. Airports: 36 (2013)
  2. Heliports: 1 (2013)
  3. Roadways: 19,705 km
  4. Pipelines: gas 27 km; oil 103 km (2013)
  5. Railways: 142 km

Telecommunications

Direct local and distance dialing, advanced communications systems for business, Internet, broadband (DSL), wireless connectivity.

  • Main lines in use: 1.15 million (2015)
  • Mobile cellular: 8.79 million (2015)
  • Country code: 1-809, 1-829, 1-849
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