Culture of Dominican Republic
People in Dominican Republic speak the Spanish language. The linguistic diversity of Dominican Republic is almost homogeneous according to a fractionalization scale which for Dominican Republic is 0.0395. The followers of Christianity are the religious majority in the country. 69.7% of Dominican Republic's population live in cities. This percentage comprises the urban population of Dominican Republic. The rate of urbanization in Dominican Republic is considered to be 2.6. According to data on inbound tourists in Dominican Republic, 4,690,000 tourists arrive in the country each year.
The national anthem of Dominican Republic is called 'Himno Nacional', which in English means 'National Anthem'. It was adopted in 1934. The lyrics have been written by Emilio Prud'Homme and the music has been composed by José Rufino Reyes y Siancas.
The first McDonalds in Dominican Republic was opened on 30 November 1996, and it was located in Santo Domingo. At the moment Dominican Republic has 31 operating McDonalds restaurants. The number of operating McDonalds restaurants in a country is indicative of the influence of Western culture and globalization in that country. Operating McDonalds restaurants could also have a direct impact on the health of a nation's citizens. Around 21% of the population of Dominican Republic are obese.
Each year, the people of Dominican Republic consume 0.7 litre of alcohol per capita, and this volume consists of 54.5% beer, 2.7% wine, 42.7% distilled spirits, 0.1% other alcohol.
One of the most popular national dishes of Dominican Republic is la bandera. Other national dishes include sancocho.