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Here are some interesting facts about Dominica - Category: Introduction - Background: Dominica was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans due chiefly to the fierce resistance of the native Caribs. France ceded possession to Great Britain in 1763, which made the island a colony in 1805. In 1980, two years after independence, Dominica's fortunes improved when a corrupt and tyrannical administration was replaced by that of Mary Eugenia CHARLES, the first female prime minister in the Caribbean, who remained in office for 15 years. Some 3,000 Carib Indians still living on Dominica are the only pre-Columbian population remaining in the eastern Caribbean.

Category: Government - Flag description: green, with a centered cross of three equal bands - the vertical part is yellow (hoist side), black, and white and the horizontal part is yellow (top), black, and white; superimposed in the center of the cross is a red disk bearing a sisserou parrot encircled by 10 green, five-pointed stars edged in yellow; the 10 stars represent the 10 administrative divisions (parishes)

Category: People - Ethnic groups (%): black 86.8%, mixed 8.9%, Carib Amerindian 2.9%, white 0.8%, other 0.7% (2001 census)

Category: Economy - Unemployment rate (%): 23% (2000 estimate)

Category: Geography - Irrigated land (sq km): NA

Category: Transportation - Airports - with paved runways: total: 2; 914 to 1,523 m: 2 (2007)

Category: Communications - Telephone system: general assessment: NA; domestic: fully automatic network; international: country code - 1-767; landing point for the East Caribbean Fiber Optic System (ECFS) submarine cable with links to 13 other islands in the eastern Caribbean extending from the British Virgin Islands to Trinidad; microwave radio relay and SHF radiotelephone links to Martinique and Guadeloupe; VHF and UHF radiotelephone links to Saint Lucia

Category: Military - Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually: male: 756; female: 713 (2008 estimate)

Category: Transnational Issues - Disputes - international: Dominica is the only Caribbean state to challenge Venezuela's sovereignty claim over Aves Island and joins the other island nations in challenging whether the feature sustains human habitation, a criterion under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which permits Venezuela to extend its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and continental shelf claims over a large portion of the eastern Caribbean Sea

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  1. Economy - Exchange rates: East Caribbean dollars (XCD) per US dollar - 2.7 (2007), 2.7 (2006), 2.7 (2005), 2.7 (2004), 2.7 (2003)

  2. Economy - Household income or consumption by percentage share (%): lowest 10%: NA%; highest 10%: NA%

  3. Economy - Labor force - by occupation (%): agriculture: 40%; industry: 32%; services: 28% (2000 estimate)

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook