According to ALLCITYCODES.COM, the Dominican Republic is divided into two area codes. The first, 809, covers most of the country including the capital city of Santo Domingo and the surrounding areas. This area code is home to over 6 million people and it is the most populous area code in the Dominican Republic. The second area code is 829, which covers the remaining parts of the Dominican Republic as well as some small islands off its coast such as Saona and Beata. Area code 809 encompasses much of the Dominican Republic’s urban areas such as Santiago and La Vega, located near the border with Haiti. This area code also includes parts of San Cristobal and San Pedro de Macoris, two towns located in the southern region of the Dominican Republic near Jamaica’s border. Area code 829 contains more rural areas such as Barahona and Monte Cristi, located in the western region of the Dominican Republic near Puerto Rico’s border. It also includes some small islands off its coast such as Saona and Beata which are home to a few thousand people combined. Both area codes have their own unique characteristics that differentiate them from each other. For example, 809 has a higher population density due to its proximity to major cities in Dominican Republic while 829 has a more rural feel due to its location in more remote parts of Dominican Republic such as Barahona or Monte Cristi. Additionally, 829 also includes some small islands off Dominican Republic’s coast which provide a unique contrast to the mainland with their rugged terrain and sparsely populated landscapes that overlook the ocean waters below them. The Dominican Republic is a representative democracy that operates on a multi-party system. The current president, Danilo Medina, is from the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD). The PLD has been in power since 2004 and has won all elections since then. The main opposition party is the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM). Other parties include the Social Christian Reformist Party (PRSC) and the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD). All three parties are strongly represented in both chambers of the National Congress. The judicial branch of government is independent from the executive and legislative branches, with a Supreme Court that oversees all other courts in the country. The president is elected by popular vote for four-year terms and has a limited number of presidential decrees that can be issued without Congressional approval. PROEXCHANGERATES: Features public policy of Dominican Republic.