The majority of Dominica’s population is descended from African slaves. A minor part is of mixed European and African origin. The country also has a small minority of whites (3,000-7,000 people), many of whom have their roots in the Middle East.
Dominica is the only island in the Caribbean (Caribbean) where a remnant of indigenous people remains. The descendants of the indigenous people of Kalinago (or Carib) are estimated at 3,000. Most of them live in a reserve on the northeastern part of the island, around the resort of Salybia. The residents of the reserve have the right to self-determination on certain issues and choose their own chieftain.
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Dominica counts as the region’s poorer countries and many Dominicans seek their happiness abroad. The extensive emigration outweighs the natural population growth, which results in the number of residents being fairly constant from year to year.
In order to raise income, Dominica sells citizenship to foreigners against making larger investments in the country. This system has been criticized by the outside world who believe that criminals can thus protect themselves behind the citizenship of Dominica. The United States has also turned to the sale of passports, arguing that it facilitates illegal immigration to North America.
English is the official language and is spoken throughout the island. A Creole language based in French is also widespread, mainly among the elderly. In the northeastern part of Dominica, an English dialect, cocoy, is spoken by immigrants from the neighboring islands of Antigua and Montserrat. The indigenous people’s language is no longer used.
FACTS – POPULATION AND LANGUAGE
blacks about 90%, people of mixed European and African origin 6%, others 4%
Number of residents
73 925 (2017)
Number of residents per square kilometer
Percentage of residents in the cities
70.2 percent (2017)
Nativity / birth
12.0 per 1000 residents (2014)
Mortality / mortality
8.2 per 1000 residents (2014)
0.5 percent (2017)
1.9 number of births per woman (2003)
77 years (2002)
Life expectancy for women
79 years (2002)
Life expectancy for men
75 years (2002)
English is the official language, two mixed languages are also used