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 Dominica is 73,500 (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is -0.8% for Dominica as at 2015. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Dominica is progressive up to 35%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Dominica, 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): Dominica as at 1 April 2018 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: High 2) Clothing: Low 3) Communication: High 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: High 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: Average 11) Recreation & Culture: Average 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: Average Dominica is for example 10.1% more expensive than USA for groceries, 6.9% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 82.9% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Dominica for an expat from Australia, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Dominica) premium of 40% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Dominica is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Dominica? Register subscribe to your home location and Dominica and run your personalised reports.