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Country name conventional long form: Dominican Republic
conventional short form: The Dominican
local long form: Republica Dominicana
local short form: La Dominicana
Gevernment typerepresentative democracy
Capital name: Santo Domingo
geographic coordinates: 18 28 N, 69 54 W
time difference: UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Flag descriptiona centered white cross that extends to the edges divides the flag into four rectangles - the top ones are blue (hoist side) and red, and the bottom ones are red (hoist side) and blue; a small coat of arms featuring a shield supported by an olive branch (left) and a palm branch (right) is at the center of the cross; above the shield a blue ribbon displays the motto, DIOS, PATRIA, LIBERTAD (God, Fatherland, Liberty), and below the shield, REPUBLICA DOMINICANA appears on a red ribbon
CurrencyDominican peso (DOP)
Internet country code.do
Ports and terminalsBoca Chica, Puerto Plata, Rio Haina, Santo Domingo
Agriculture productssugarcane, coffee, cotton, cocoa, tobacco, rice, beans, potatoes, corn, bananas; cattle, pigs, dairy products, beef, eggs
Industriestourism, sugar processing, ferronickel and gold mining, textiles, cement, tobacco
Geography
LocationCaribbean, eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Haiti
Coordinates19 00 N, 70 40 W
ContinentCentral America and the Caribbean
Area total: 48,730 sq km
land: 48,380 sq km
water: 350 sq km
Boundaries total: 360 km
border countries: Haiti 360 km
Coastline1,288 km
Climatetropical maritime; little seasonal temperature variation; seasonal variation in rainfall
Terrainrugged highlands and mountains with fertile valleys interspersed
Natural resourcesnickel, bauxite, gold, silver
Natural hazardslies in the middle of the hurricane belt and subject to severe storms from June to October; occasional flooding; periodic droughts
People
Population9,183,984 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsmixed 73%, white 16%, black 11%
ReligionsRoman Catholic 95%
LanguagesSpanish

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