Dominican Republic Facts

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Dominican Republic Fact File

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  • Full Name: Dominican Republic
  • Capital City: Santo Domingo
  • Country Area: 48,670 sq km
  • Land Mass Area: 48,320 sq km
  • Population: 9,794,487 (2010 estimate)
  • Life Expectancy: 73.99
  • Ethnicity: 73% mestizo, 16% white, 11% black
  • Religion: 95% Roman Catholic, 5% other
  • Official Languages: Spanish
  • Internet Domain: .do
  • International Dialling Code: +1809
  • Monetary Unit: 1 Dominican peso = 100 centavos
  • Government: Democratic Republic
  • Independence from Haiti: 27 February 1844

Random Fact

In the 1970's a village in the Dominican Republic reported that 38 12 year old girls turned into boys at puberty.

The medical reason behind the change is that due to a missing enzyme. It was at puberty that their bodies started to create testosterone, which most boys produce whilst still in the womb.

The Dominican Republic terminology for these children is, 'guevedoces'.