LIVING IN DOMINICA
The Dominican Government encourages people to gain an understanding of Dominica, its people and their way of life, before applying for citizenship. The Commonwealth of Dominica is founded upon principles that acknowledge the supremacy of God, faith in fundamental human rights and freedom, the position of the family in a society of free men and free institutions, the dignity of the human person, and the equal and inalienable rights with which all members of the human family are endowed by their Creator.
Certain fundamental human rights and freedoms; which every person in Dominica is entitled to regardless of race, place of origins, political opinions, colour, creed or sex; are enshrined in the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Dominica has been named as one of the world’s happiest places to live. Boasting a high number of centurions (people who have lived to be older than 100 years), it offers an easy lifestyle within a safe, peaceful and pristine environment with a culturally vibrant and friendly community. The lifestyle is laid back and very conducive to retirement living.
COST OF LIVING
The cost of living is relatively low, since the Dominica currency, the EC dollar, is valued at 2.70 to 1 US dollar, 3 dollars to the Euro and 4 dollars to the Pound.
The health care services in Dominica are up to date, and the local infrastructure is modern and upgraded to international standards. Health services are made up of a network of 52 health centres and two district hospitals. The Princess Margaret Hospital is the national referral hospital and provides curative and rehabilitative as well as other complex medical services. There is a smaller hospital at Portsmouth and cottage hospitals at Marigot and Grand Bay.
Opportunities begin with a network of Roman Catholic daycare centers/preschools until the age of 5. Thereafter children attend primary school for 8 grades.
The final 2 years of the school education system are completed at state secondary schools. Students who wish to go on to university may continue on to 12th grade at private schools, and obtain an advanced level certificate.
There are a number of state-funded technical colleges where young people may complete trade training in all traditional disciplines. There are 3 lower-level tertiary institutions on the island, namely the Dominica State College, the School of Nursing and the Dominica Teachers Training College. The State College, established in 2002, is continually growing and moving towards full university status, beginning with awarding bachelors degrees in nursing. Plans are afoot to extend this role.