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Dominica - General Elections on December 8, 2014
Country Profile

Situated between Guadeloupe to the North and Martinique to the South, the Commonwealth of Dominica is part of the Windward Islands with Grenada, Martinique, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.  It has a land area of 754 square kilometers and a population of approximately 74,000 persons. The total surface of the country is about four times the size of Washington DC. The economy of the island is dependent on tourism and agriculture; construction, quarrying and light manufacturing also provide employment.

Administrative Divisions or Parishes

Saint Andrew

Saint David

Saint George

Saint John

Saint Joseph

Saint Luke

Saint Mark

Saint Patrick

Saint Paul

Saint Peter

The estimated population is 74.000 (July 2014) and the largest city is the Capital, Roseau, with a population of 21.000 (2011). Ethnically, Dominica is predominantly comprised of African descent, 86.8%. According to the 2001 census, 8.9% of the population is mixed, 0.8% white and 0.7% others. The predominant religion in the country is Catholicism (61.4%). Other religions include Protestant (20.6%), Jehovah's Witnesses (1.2%), other Christian (7.7%), Rastafarian (1.3%), and other or unspecified (1.6%).¹