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General Information about the Dominican Republic

Country name: Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic's political structure is based on democratic principles. Every four years the country elects its president, vice president and legislators.

Location: The Dominican Republic shares a border with Haiti on the second largest island in the area, "Hispaniola". Occupying the eastern two thirds of the island, the Dominican Republic is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south. Its geographyc coordinates are 17º 36'- 19º 58' north and 68º 19'-72º 01' west.

Government:  Democratic Republic

Head of State and Government: Leonel Fernández Reyna

Population
The population of the Dominican Republic is more than 8.5 million people.

Time Zone

Local time is Caribbean Eastern Time (GMT -0400). In the winter it is an hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the United States. The Dominican Republic does not practice daylight savings time, as is customarily done in the United States.

Capital City
The capital of the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo, which is the oldest city in the new world. It has a population of almost 2.5 million people.

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Location/Geography
The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Republic of Haiti. The country is the second-largest island in the Caribbean, with a surface area of 48,198 square kilometers. Located in the heart of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and to the south by the Caribbean Sea.

 

Language
Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic. However, you'll be surprised how many hotel and tourist destination employees speak English, French, German and Italian. If you decide to venture outside of the tourist areas, it is helpful to learn some basic phrases in Spanish.

Currency
The Dominican Peso (RD$) is the official currency of the Dominican Republic. You can find out the exchange rate atwww.xe.com/ucc. Major credit cards and travelers' checks are accepted at many of the country's tourist locations; ATMs are located in almost all of the Dominican Republic's cities, as well as at most resorts.

Climate

The Dominican Republic enjoys a tropical climate year-round. Depending on your location, a typical day could have full sun or a combination of sun and clouds. Its average annual temperatures ranges from 66° to 93° F (19° to 34° C). The coldest season is between November and April, and the hottest season is between May and October.


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