53 Facts About The Dominican Republic

1. The Dominican Republic is ranked 18th among 32 countries in the Americas region, and its overall score is above the regional and world averages.

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2. The Dominican Republic is known as the bread basket of the Caribbean because it grows, farms and catches almost everything that's served for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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3. The Dominican Republic is credited with creating and developing the merengue style of music, which is a fast-paced, rhythmic dance music.

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4. The Dominican Republic is divided into twenty-nine provinces, each run by a governor who is appointed by the president.

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5. The Dominican Republic is among the fastest-growing economies in Latin America.

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6. The Dominican Republic is located on the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola and is 18,816 square miles, about twice the size of New Hampshire.

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7. The Dominican Republic became a nation on 27 February 1844 when a group of revolutionaries seized power from the Haitian rulers of the island of Hispaniola.

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8. The Dominican Republic has worked closely with US law enforcement officials on issues such as the return of stolen cars to the US and reducing illegal migration.

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9. The Dominican Republic is current on foreign private debt and has agreed to pay arrears of about $130 million to the US Department of Agriculture's Commodity Credit Corporation.

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10. The Dominican Republic is about 575 miles off the southeast coast of Miami.

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11. The Dominican Republic is currently the 35th largest export market for US goods.

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12. The Dominican Republic has fine beaches and many historical sites.

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13. The Dominican Republic is divided into 31 provinces and a national district, including Santo Domingo.

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14. The Dominican Republic has a total land boundary length of 360 kilometers with Haiti.

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15. The Dominican Republic has worked closely with US law enforcement officials on issues such as extraditions of fugitives, reducing illegal migration, and the return of stolen cars to the United States.

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16. The Dominican Republic signed a free trade agreement with the United States and five Central American countries in August 2004.

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17. The Dominican Republic is the 47th-largest commercial partner of the US The US Embassy works closely with US business firms and Dominican trade groups, both of which can take advantage of the new opportunities in this growing market.

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18. The Dominican Republic has worked closely with US law enforcement officials on issues such as the extradition of fugitives and measures to hinder illegal migration.

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19. The Dominican Republic is a founding member of the United Nations and participates in many of its specialized and related agencies, including the World Bank, International Labor Organization, International Atomic Energy Agency, and International Civil Aviation Organization.

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20. The Dominican Republic is divided into twenty-nine provinces, each run by a governor who is appointed by the president.

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21. The Dominican Republic is the world's fourth-largest location of free trade zones, and much of the nation's industrial work occurs there.

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22. The Dominican Republic is among the fastest-growing economies in Latin America.

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23. The Dominican Republic is located on the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola and is 18,816 square miles, about twice the size of New Hampshire.

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24. The Dominican Republic became a nation on 27 February 1844 when a group of revolutionaries seized power from the Haitian rulers of the island of Hispaniola.

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25. The Dominican Republic has made it clear to the United States that it would like to be part of an enlarged NAFTA or similar regional free-trade bloc.

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26. The Dominican Republic is a major producer of bananas, and although most are consumed locally, some producers have begun exporting organic bananas to a growing market in Europe and the United States.

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27. The Dominican Republic had an estimated external debt of US$4.7 billion in 2000 and remained highly dependent on importing many basic goods.

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28. The Dominican Republic is one of the Caribbean's most popular tourist destinations, specializing in all-inclusive resorts.

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29. The Dominican Republic is Hispanic, Spanish-speaking, predominantly mulatto or white, while Haiti is French and African culturally, racially black, with an official language of Haitian Creole.

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30. The Dominican Republic has an area of 48,400 kilometers, and its population was estimated at 8.4 million in 1999.

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31. The Dominican Republic produces rice, potatoes, beans, plantains, yucca, and other crops for domestic consumption.

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32. The Dominican Republic has two oil refineries, with a total production capacity in 2002 of 49,000 barrels per day.

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33. The Dominican Republic has the largest single allocation of the US sugar import quota.

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34. The Dominican Republic is among the top ten developing countries in terms of the amount of remittances received from abroad.

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35. The Dominican Republic began to issue identity cards to 300,000 Dominicans living illegally in Puerto Rico.

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36. The Dominican Republic received more than 5 million tourists in 2015.

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37. When the Haitian and The Dominican Republic forces began to fight the US interventions, they suffered immensely due to the superiority of US training and technology.

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38. The Dominican Republic is home to a threatened species of lizard in the family of Iguanidae—the rhinoceros iguana.

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39. The Dominican Republic is known as the "Breadbasket of the Caribbean.

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40. The Dominican Republic is the only country in the world to produce a rare blue variety of the silicate mineral pectolite.

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41. The Dominican Republic is the oldest European settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

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42. The Dominican Republic sent food, medicine, and teams to assess the damage.

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43. The Dominican Republic has two unique endemic stones that can't be found anywhere else in the world: Dominican Amber and Larimar.

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44. The Dominican Republic is the site of the first permanent European settlement in the Americas.

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45. The Dominican Republic is a popular destination for weddings and honeymoons.

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46. The Dominican Republic is the only country in the world to have an image of the Holy Bible on its national flag.

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47. The Dominican Republic responded with increased efforts to seize drug shipments, arrest and extradite those involved, and combat money-laundering.

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48. The Dominican Republic is ranked 2nd in Latin America and 23rd in the World on English proficiency.

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49. The Dominican Republic is the most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean.

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50. The Dominican Republic has a stock market, Bolsa de Valores de la Republica Dominicana.

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51. The Dominican Republic has the second largest military in the Caribbean region after Cuba.

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52. The Dominican Republic is a regular member of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.

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53. The Dominican Republic has very strong ties and relations with Puerto Rico.

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