Africa > East Africa > Mauritius


Capital: Port Louis; GDP growth (annual %) 2016: 3.7%
Key Facts

Full name: The Republic of Mauritius
Population: 1.3 million (UN, 2011)
Area: 2,040 sq km (788 sq miles)
Major languages: English (official), Creole, French, Indian languages
Major religions: Hinduism, Christianity, Islam
Life expectancy: 70 years (men), 77 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Mauritian rupee=100 cents
Main exports: Sugar, clothing, tea, jewellery
GNI per capita: US $7,750 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .mu
International dialling code: +230


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    The country (Mauritius) is situated in Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar.
    Land in Mauritius is small coastal plain rising to irregular mountains encircling central plateau.
    Mauritian land covers an area of 2040 km²

    The climate is tropical, modified by southeast trade winds; warm, dry winter (May to November); hot, wet, humid summer (November to May).
    Mauritian(s) speak Creole 80.5%, Bhojpuri 12.1%, French 3.4%, English (official; spoken by less than 1% of the people), other 3.7%, unspecified 0.3% (2000 census).