The Dominican Republic is an island country between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. Even though the waters around the Dominican Republic are full of fish, the fishing industry is underdeveloped.
Population: 10 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Mixed (73%), White (16%), Black (11%)
Languages: Spanish (Official)
Religions: Roman Catholic (95%), Other (5%)
Capital: Santo Domingo
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated June 21, 2017
In Canada: 23,130
In the GTA: 6,465
In Toronto: 3,580
Economic progress in the early 1970s was halted by corruption and bloated government, but the Dominican Republic's economic fortunes took a turn for the better in 2004 when more robust policies were introduced. Today, Dominicans enjoy a higher standard of living than their geographical neighbours, the Haitians, but social problems such as inadequate housing persist. Catholicism is unofficially the state religion, but non-Catholics have full freedom of religion. The influence of Catholicism on the Dominican Republic is evident in the country's coat of arms, which contains both a Bible and a cross. The coat of arms is found in the centre of the Dominican Republic's flag.