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Facts About the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is the oldest country in the Americas. This island nation was discovered by Christopher Colombus in 1492 during his first trip to the West Indies. The DR is known for being a country of strong faith. The Dominican Republic flag is the only national flag to feature the bible. Santo Domingo was home to the country’s first catholic cathedral. The population of the Dominican Republic is estimated to be 95% Roman Catholic.

With over 25 golf courses, the Dominican Republic is becoming one of the top destinations for golfers throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The PGA regularly holds events in the DR and there is even a course designed by legendary Jack Nicklaus (Punta Espada Golf Club).

Information TypeDominican Republic Data
Population10,847,910 people (June 2020)
Gross Domestic Product PPP (GDP)US$84 billion (June 2020)
GDP Per CapitaUS$8,100 (June 2020)
Inflation Rate3.55% (June 2020)
CurrencyDominican Peso (DOP)
Exchange Rate Versus U.S. Dollar57.65 Dominican pesos per U.S. dollar (June 2020)
LanguageSpanish (official)
CapitalSanto Domingo
Population of Capital City2.9 million (metropolitan area)
Time ZoneGMT minus 4
SeasonsTropical: Wet season lasts from May to November
International Dialing Code1-809
Electricity110V / 60 Hz, Plug Type: A (U.S. style)
System of GovernmentDemocratic Republic
Current LeaderPresident Danilo Medina
Income Tax Rate for Residents25%
Property Tax0% to 1%
Capital Gains Tax27%
Inheritance Tax3% to 4.5 %
Rental Income Tax27%
Transfer Tax3%
Sales Tax18%
Restrictions on Foreign Ownership of PropertyNone
Local Chamber of Commercewww.camarasantodomingo.org.do/

Avenida 27 de Febrero No. 228, Torre Friusa, Sector La EsperillaCódigo Postal 10106 Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional.Tel: 809-682-2688

American Chamber of Commercehttp://www.amcham.org.do/en/ Torre Empresarial, 6to.Piso, Ave. Sarasota No. 25,Santo DomingoTel: 809-381-0777
Primary ExportsFerronickel, sugar, gold, silver, coffee, cocoa, tobacco, meats, consumer goods.
Residency and Visa RequirementsResidency in the Dominican Republic is easy and the country embraces—even offering rewards and incentives—to foreign residents and investors.
Special Benefits for Foreign Residents or RetireesResidents can apply for loans, import household goods and a car tax-free, and can apply for citizenship (and thus a second passport).
National AirlinePAWA Dominicana is the current flag carrier of the country.

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