Roseau is the capital and largest city of Dominica. The urban structure of Central Roseau is based on an irregular grid system of miniature proportions. Exports include bananas, bay oil, vegetables, grapefruit, oranges and cocoa, services. Dominica is an island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about half way between Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago. The climate is tropical, moderated by northeast trade winds and heavy rainfall. The official language is English. A large section of the population speaks Kwéyòl (Creole), a French-based dialect. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Dominica is dominated by bananas and other agriculture, and nearly one-third of the labour force works in agriculture. This sector, however, is highly vulnerable to weather conditions and to external events affecting commodity prices. Business introductions are usually formal, for example it is expected to use formal professional titles followed by surname. Expatriate business dress is formal. The security risk for expatriates in Dominica is low. Risks include petty crime, pickpocketing and purse-snatching, and on occasion violent crime. The currency of Dominica is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD). US Dollars, Euros, and British pounds, are also widely accepted as currency in Dominica. Medical facilities are good but limited and can be expensive for expatriates. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Dengue fever is common. Cases of Chikungunya virus have been reported. The population of Roseau is 16,000 (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 1.8% (2016 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in In Roseau, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Roseau as at 1 April 2016 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: High 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: High 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: High Roseau is for example 59.7% more expensive than San Salvador for groceries, 90.5% more expensive for household costs than Equatorial Guinea, and -20.3% cheaper for transport costs than Malabo. The hardship premium for Roseau for an expat from France, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Roseau) premium of 40% minus home (France) location premium of 10%. Roseau is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Roseau? Register subscribe to your home location and Roseau and run your personalised reports.