The Dominican Republic (Spanish: República Dominicana, pronounced [reˈpuβlika ðominiˈkana]) is a nation on the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western third of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti, making Hispaniola one of two Caribbean islands that are occupied by two countries, Saint Martin being the other. Both by area and population, the Dominican Republic is the second largest Caribbean nation (after Cuba), with 48,442 km² and an estimated 10 million people.
Religion in the Dominican Republic
Christianity is the religion of 95.2% of the people of the Dominican Republic. The most popular Christian denomination is Roman Catholicism which is followed by 88.6% of the population, Protestantism is followed by 4.2% of the population.
Recent immigration and conversions have increased the numbers of followers of other religions. The inhabitants of the Dominican Republic are 1.1% Mormon, 0.1% Buddhist, 0.1% followers of Chinese folk religion, 0.02% Muslim and 0.01% Jewish.
Judaism arrived in the Dominican Republic when a group of refugees from Nazi Germany arrived in the city of Sosua in the 1930s. Sosua has remained the center of Jewish cultural life in the Dominican republic ever since.
- The Complete Book of Buddha's Lists -- Explained. David N. Snyder, Ph.D., 2006.
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