Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometres off the southeast coast of the African continent. The country includes the island of Mauritius, Rodrigues 560 kilometres east, the islands of Agalega and the archipelago of Saint Brandon.
The islands of Mauritius, Rodrigues, and Réunion a French region 170 km south wes, form part of the Mascarene Islands. The area of the country is 2040 km2. The capital and largest city is Port Louis.
Mauritius has an estimated population of over 1,295,789 people
Since independence in 1968, Mauritius has developed from a low-income, agriculture-based economy to a middle-income diversified economy. The economy is based on tourism, textiles, sugar, and financial services. Mauritius has no exploitable natural resources and therefore depends on imported petroleum products to meet most of its energy requirements.
Mauritius is ranked high in terms of competitiveness, investment climate, governance and freest economy, the Gross Domestic Product (PPP) estimate was at $20.200 billion and GDP (PPP) per capita income over $15,591 in 2012, one of the highest in Africa
The Mauritian official language is English
The religions of Mauritius are Hinduism, Roman Catholicism, Islam and Buddhism.
The country is home to some of the world’s rarest plants and animals but human habitation and the introduction of non-native species have threatened its indigenous flora and fauna. Mauritius is home to a diversity of flora and fauna not usually found in such a small area.
Mauritius enjoys a mild tropical maritime climate throughout the year
General information about Mauritius has been summarized to include the following;
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