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Dominican Republic is the larger of the two countries that share the island of La Hispaniola. It is surrounded to the south by the Caribbean Ocean and to the north by the Atlantic Ocean. The Dominican Republic was the first Spanish colony in the New World. It holds the name for most of the firsts of America, including the first cathedral and castle. Dominican Republic is well known for its beautiful beaches and is the largest destination for tourism in the Caribbean. Its population number is about 10 million people, with the largest amount of immigrants coming from the neighbor country of Haiti. The people and their customs have origins mixing of Spaniard, African and Taíno roots. The Dominican constitution guarantees freedom of religion, with over 90% of the population being Roman Catholic. Our main food, called ¨ La Bandera¨, is composed of rice, beans and meat, there`s also a variety of dishes like the sancocho, mangú and a dessert, habichuelas con dulce (sweet beans). The national music and sport are merengue and baseball, respectively, with the latter being of great importance in the province on San Pedro de Macorís, home to a big part of Dominican baseball league players and our university (UCE).
Dominican Republic´s main economy derives from tourism and remittances from Dominicans abroad, especially located in the United States state of New York. Low agricultural productivity is a crucial factor in rural poverty. According to the latest official poverty data, more than a third of the country’s total population lives in poverty, and almost 20 per cent are living in extreme poverty. In rural areas poor people constitute half of the population.
Some of the diseases that affect our country very often are dengue, diphtheria, malaria and an epidemic of cholera which broke out as a consequence of the earthquake that touched our neighboring country of Haiti.
Enjoy a little about our country! :D
El Salvador is the smallest Spanish-speaking nation in Central America. El Salvador is bounded by Guatemala to the west and Honduras to the north and east, and it is separated from Nicaragua on the southeast by the Golfo de Fonseca. It is located in one of the most seismologically active regions on earth. (by Mónica Martínez)
El Salvador's population number is about 7 million, in which some people are from other countries. A lot of salvadoran have migrated to other countries in order to improve their families economic status, so remittances represent a large percentage of income. Poverty is still a subjet of great importance because of the consecuences it has in the lifes of many citizens. These consecuences include scholar, psycological and health problems. However, strategies in these three aspects have helped to improve the national situation. For example, the Health Minister has implemented different techniques that have allowed to get a stablishment around the whole country in illnesses such as the Dengue fever, Enteritis and deseases of the upper airway.
The typical food are pupusas, tamales, riguas and different type of atoles, food that can be tasted in almost every corner.
Here is a video that tells a little bit about our beautiful country. Enjoy!!!!