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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AT A GLANCE

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Location: On the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region.
   
Climate:  The climate of the Dominican Republic is mostly tropical. The annual average temperature is 25 °C (77 °F).
   
Area: 18,704 sq mi
   
Population: 9,445,281 (2010 census)
   
Ethnic groups: 45% multiracial
  40% black
  15% white
   
Literacy: 87%
   
Official language: Spanish
   
Capitol: Santo Domingo
   
Government type: Unitary representative democratic republic
   
National Holiday: February 27 Independence Day
   
Economy: $9,286 in USD
   
Unemployment: 14.70%
   
Religion: 68.9% Roman Catholic,
  18.2% Evangelical
  10.6% with no religion
  2.3% other
   
Communication: Land lines – 678,901
  Cell phones - 6,807,831
   
Currency: Peso (DOP)
   
Currency exchange rate:  $1.00 (USD) = 40.98 (DOP) (April 18, 2013)
   
Time Zone:  The Dominican Republic is 1 hour later than Houston, TX