Dominican Republic: Introduction
The Dominican Republic is a nation on the island of Hispaniola, part of the Great Antilles archipelago between the Caribbean region and North Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Haiti on the east and consists mostly of rugged mountains with fertile valleys. The government system is a democratic republic; the chief of state and head of government is the president. The Dominican Republic has a mixed economic system which includes a variety of private freedom, combined with centralized economic planning and government regulation.