Musically, in addition to the traditional Dominican musical forms like meringue and bachata, local rock bands and dance music are popular throughout the country.In the last decade, Dominican rap and hip-hop has become increasingly popular, with many local artists popping up, especially in Santiago and Santo Domingo Dominica, continuing its habit of breaking stereotypes, is also surprisingly secular for a Latin American country.Europeans, Africans, and Taino Native Americans have been inter-marrying here for five hundred years.The result is a new and completely mixed ethnicity-in fact, 73% of Dominica's population can only be described as "multiracial"- but if you ask me, I would just describe them as Hot!Don't be surprised when free-spirited, fun-loving Dominican brides have children and grow into a devout Catholic mothers; in many ways, it's the best of both worlds.In contrast to Haiti, over 87% of Dominicans are literate (and most of the illiterate population is from the older generations in the rural areas).Although mostly Christian, it has a long history of religious freedom, and contains communities from many religious faiths such as Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Baha'i... Even more surprisingly, over 10% of Dominicans claim no religion at all-either agnostic, atheist, or religious but non-practicing.
While Spanish is the official language of the Dominican Republic, English is taught as a second language in most religious and private schools. Broadband internet access is available throughout most of the country - making it very easy to maintain a long distance relationship.
Any Dominican girl less than thirty years old has only ever known a democratic Dominica, and any woman younger than forty remembers the pre-democratic era as only a distant childhood memory.