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Mauritius Information




Mauritius information is very important not only for the locals but also to the innumerable tourists visiting the island throughout the year. Mauritius is located in South Africa in the eastern part of Madagascar. It falls on the geographical coordinates of 20. 17 South and 57. 33 East.
Some important information on Mauritius geography are given below:
  • Mauritius covers an area of 2,040 square kilometers. Out of this, the land covers an area of 2,030 square kilometers and the water bodies cover 10 square kilometers.
  • It has a long coastline of 177 kilometers.
  • The summer months are between November and May; the winter months stretch from May to November.
  • The lowest point of Mauritius is the Indian Ocean and the highest point is Mont Piton.
  • About 49.02% of land is fit for cultivation.
  • From January to March, the island witnesses cyclones.
Some important information on Mauritius geography are given below:
  • Mauritius covers an area of 2,040 square kilometers. Out of this, the land covers an area of 2,030 square kilometers and the water bodies cover 10 square kilometers.
  • It has a long coastline of 177 kilometers.
  • The summer months are between November and May; the winter months stretch from May to November.
  • The lowest point of Mauritius is the Indian Ocean and the highest point is Mont Piton.
  • About 49.02% of land is fit for cultivation.
  • From January to March, the island witnesses cyclones.
Some other facts on Mauritius are:
  • The capital of Mauritius is Port Louis.
  • The island is inhabited by approximately 1,250,882 people (as per 2007 July report). The growth rate is 0.798%.
  • The birth rate is 15.26 births/1,000 population and the death rate is 6.88 deaths/1,000 population.
  • The sex ratio is 0.971 male(s)/female.
  • The people of Mauritius are known as Mauritian.
  • The ethnic groups include Indo-Mauritian (68%), Sino-Mauritian (3%),
Creole (27%) and Franco-Mauritian (2%).
  • The religions followed by the people of Mauritius are Hinduism, Roman Catholic and Islam.
  • Other than English being the official language, there are also sections of people speaking Creole, Bhojpuri and French.
  • About 84.4% of the people are literates (those above 15 years of age who can read and write).
  • The type of government in Mauritius is parliamentary democracy.
  • The independence day on 12th March is celebrated as a national holiday in Mauritius.
  • A person is entitled to vote after completing the age of 18 years.
  • The legal system is based on civil law system of France with certain traits of English common law.
  • President is the chief of the state and Prime Minister is the head of the government.
  • The flag of Mauritius has got four equal horizontal stripes of red, blue, yellow and green respectively from the top.
  • The currency code of Mauritius is Mauritian rupee (MUR).
  • The major export partners of Mauritius are United Kingdom, UAE, France, Madagascar and United States. The export commodities include textiles, molasses, sugar and cut flowers.
  • The import partners are India, France, China and South Africa. It imports goods like petroleum products, manufactured goods, foodstuffs, chemicals and capital equipment.
  • The radio broadcast station are AM 4 and FM 9. There are two television stations. The Internet code is .mu.
  • Some more information for the tourists to Mauritius are:
    • Some of the tourist places of Mauritius are Rodrigues Island, Tamarin Falls, Black River Gorges National Park, Port Louis Market, Le Morne Peninsula and Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens.
    • Some of the beaches of Mauritius are Grand Baie, Blue Bay, Cap Malheureux, Tamarin, Belle Mare and Grand Gaube.
    • The tourists can buy jewelry, silks, Chinese and Indian jade, perfume and various craft work. The shops are open from 9:30 am to 6 pm. The markets generally shut down at 4 pm.
    • Mauritian notes can be found in denominations of Rp 2000, 1000, 5000, 200, 100, 50 and 25. Major credit cards are widely accepted by large organizations, hotels, shops and restaurants.




    
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