About the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic comprises two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, with Haiti its neighbor to the west. The Dominican Republic is one of the poorest nations in the Caribbean; however, many Americans don't experience this side of the country, as they often see and experience the Dominican Republic as a tourist.
The Dominican Republic has many economic and social problems. On average, 80% of students don't get past the fifth grade, and 40 percent of 14- to 17-year-olds still attend elementary school. This lack of education leads to other problems such as illiteracy, lack of adequate employment, and lack of adequate housing.
For more information about the Dominican Republic, visit www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/35639.htm.