Known as the ‘Nature Island of the Caribbean,’ Dominica is famous for its magnificent unspoilt scenery – quite unlike any of its Caribbean neighbours. The island sits midway along the Eastern Caribbean archipelago and is the fourth largest island in the English speaking Caribbean.
The island is sparsely populated with 70,000 people inhabiting its 289 square miles. English is the official language, spoken with a melodic French lilt, but a large portion of the population speaks Kwèyòl (Creole), and a few northern villages speak Kokoy.
Dominica was a British colony until it gained independence in 1978, and it remains a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. Dominica’s legal system finds its roots in the common law, a system it inherited from Great Britain. The country’s currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar, which is pegged to the United States dollar.