National Palace Santo Domingo
The Dominican Republic is a country that occupies just over two-thirds of the island. It´s bordered on the north by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south by the Caribbean Sea, the east by the Mona Passage, which separates it from Puerto Rico, and west by the Republic of Haiti. It has a land area of 48,442 square kilometers and a population of over nine million. The seat of government and capital is Santo Domingo.
- Official Name: Dominican Republic
- Languages: Spanish (Official)
- Capital: Santo Domingo (founded in 1496)
- Population: 10,996,774
- Internet Penetration: 65%
- Internet Users: 7,146,803
- Internet Country Code: .do
- Ethnic Groups: 11% of the population is black, 73% of the population is mulatto, 16% of the population is Caucasian
- Total Area: 48,670 km2
- Mobile Lines: 93%
- Political Division: 31 Provinces, 1 National District.
- Currency: Dominican Peso
- PIB per Capita (USD): $5,195
Santo Domingo de Guzman, usually called just Santo Domingo, is the capital and largest city of the Dominican Republic, is the first city founded by Europeans in America and is located in the Caribbean Sea, at the mouth of the Ozama River.
It was founded in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus on the east bank of the Ozama River and then moved by Nicolás de Ovando in 1502 to the western bank of the river (part it occupies today).
It is a cosmopolitan, thriving city and is loaded with a deep historical past associated with the conquest of the Americas.
Santiago de los Caballeros
Santiago de los Caballeros is the capital city and municipality in the province of Santiago. It is located in the center of the Cibao region, about 155 km northwest of Santo Domingo de Guzman and at an average altitude of 175 meters. The city has 1,936,721 inhabitants and a density of 2,537km². This makes Santiago in the second city of greater population importance of the Dominican Republic after Santo Domingo de Guzman.
Santiago is an intellectual, educational, and cultural center. It is also a major industrial center with the rum, textile, cigarette and cigar industry, which are based there. Shoe manufacturing, furniture and leather goods are an important part of the city’s economic life. It is also a major Free Zone center with four important industrial free zones, and an important cement factory.
La Romana is a province of the Dominican Republic. The capital is also named La Romana, and is the third-largest town in the country. The province was split from La Altagracia in 1968. La Romana is also home to Casa de Campo, one of the world’s largest resorts and top golfing destinations. The “Teeth of the Dog” golf course is world-renowned, and many international and local artists perform at “Altos de Chavon”, an artistic community and university.
La Romana is the main city in the eastern region of the Dominican Republic and head of the province of La Romana. The main city revenue comes from tourism. In this city is the International Airport Punta Aguila.