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In Dominica, primary school lasts eight years, and the two years of secondary education that follow are completed at state schools. Students intending to attend university can complete their schooling through the 12th grade level via a private school, and are all located in urban, wealthy areas on the island.1 91.8 percent of the Dominican population is literate.2

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2 https://www.indexmundi.com/dominica/literacy.html
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Geography

Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about half way between Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago
Area

Total 751 sq km
Land 751 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

tropical; moderated by northeast trade winds; heavy rainfall
Natural Resources

timber, hydropower, arable land ;
Natural Hazards

flash floods are a constant threat; destructive hurricanes can be expected during the late summer months
Current Environmental Issues

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Demographics

Nationality
Dominican
Population
73,286 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

The Dominican economy has been dependent on agriculture - primarily bananas - in years past, but increasingly has been driven by tourism as the government seeks to promote Dominica as an "ecotourism" destination. Moreover, Dominica has successfully developed an offshore medical education sector. In order to diversify the island's economy, the government is also attempting to develop an offshore financial sector and plans to sign agreements with the private sector to develop geothermal energy resources. In 2003, the government began a comprehensive restructuring of the economy - including elimination of price controls, privatization of the state banana company, and tax ...See More increases - to address an economic and financial crisis and to meet IMF requirements. Hurricane Dean struck the island in August 2007 causing damages equivalent to 20% of GDP. In 2009, the economy contracted as a result of the global recession and growth remains anemic. Economic growth in 2010-11 was about 1%. Although debt levels in 2012 continued to exceed pre-recession levels, the debt burden notably declined from 80% to approximately 70% of GDP. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$1.018 billion (2012 est.); $1.014 billion (2011 est.); $995.4 million (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

9.2% of GDP (2012 est.); 8.5% of GDP (2011 est.); 7.8% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

bananas, citrus, mangos, root crops, coconuts, cocoa
Industries

soap, coconut oil, tourism, copra, furniture, cement blocks, shoes