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A virtual travel guide to Mauritius. This page aims to give you a broad overview of Mauritian art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile this page contains links to sources that will provide you with in-depth information about this African island nation, e.g.: official web sites of Mauritius, addresses of Mauritian and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Mauritius.

Pieter Both, Mauritius
Pieter Both © mauritius.net
 

Republic of Mauritius

Country Profile


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Flag of Mauritius

Background:
Discovered by the Portuguese in 1505, Mauritius was subsequently held by the Dutch, French, and British before independence was attained in 1968. A stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record, the country has attracted considerable foreign investment and has earned one of Africa's highest per capita incomes. Recent poor weather and declining sugar prices have slowed economic growth, leading to some protests over standards of living in the Creole community.

related countries: Madagascar, Réunion, Seychelles, UK
 
where in Africa is Mauritius

Official Name:
Republic of Mauritius
République de Maurice
short form: Mauritius

ISO Country Code: mu

Time:
Local Time = UTC +4h
Actual Time: Fri-Nov-21  20:13

Country Calling Code: +230

Capital City: Port Louis (pop. 148 000)

Other Cities: Beau Bassin and Rose Hill (105 000), Vacoas-Phoenix (100 000), Curepipe (80 000), Quatre Bornes (80 000).


Government:
Type: Republic.
Independence: 12 March 1968 ( from UK, Mauritius became a republic in 1992).
Constitution: 12 March 1968.

Geography:
Location: East South Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, 500 miles east of Madagascar.
Area: 2,040 kmĀ² (770 sq. mi.)
Dependencies: Rodrigues Island, the Agalega Islands and Cargados Carajos Shoals; Mauritius also claims sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago, part of the British Indian Ocean Territory, where the U.S. Naval Support Facility at Diego Garcia is located.
Terrain: A volcanic island with a central plateau rimmed by mountains, the island is surrounded by coral reefs.

Climate: Tropical; cyclone season mid-December-April.

People:
Nationality: Mauritian(s).
Population: 1.3 million (2011)
Ethnic groups: Indo-Mauritians 68%, Creoles 27%, Sino-Mauritians 3%, Franco-Mauritians 2%.
Religions: Hindu 48%, Christian 32%, Muslim.
Languages: French, English (official), Creole (common), Hindi, Urdu, Hakka, Bhojpuri.
Literacy: 85-90%

Natural resources: Arable land, fish.

Agriculture products: Sugar, sugar derivatives, tea, tobacco, vegetables, fruits, flowers and fishing.

Industries: Labor-intensive goods for export, including textiles and clothing, watches and clocks, jewelry, optical goods, toys and games, and cut flowers; tourism.

Exports partners: UK 33.1%, France 20.4%, USA 14.8%, Madagascar 5.1%, Italy 4.1% (2004)

Imports partners: South Africa 11.3%, China 9.4%, India 9.3%, France 9.2%, Bahrain 5.3%, Japan 4.1% (2004)

Currency: Mauritian Rupee (MUR)

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Official Sites of Mauritius

The Government of Mauritius
Webportal of the Government of Mauritius, provides information and links of the government.

Office of the President
Official website of Mauritius' State House.

Mauritius National Assembly
The site provides information about the Mauritius National Assembly.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Mauritius Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Regional Cooperation.

Diplomatic Missions
Embassy of the Republic of Mauritius
Washington D.C.
Mauritius Embassies in Foreign Countries
Address list of Mauritius Diplomatic Missions abroad.
Foreign Embassies in Mauritius
Address list of Foreign Embassies accredited in Mauritius.

Transparency Mauritius
Combating corruption in Mauritius.


Statistics
The Central Statistical Office/Mauritius
Mauritius in Figures.


Weather
Mauritius Meteorological Services
Mauritius Weather.


Maps
Map of Mauritius
Political Map of Mauritius.
Google Earth Google Earth Mauritius
Searchable map and satellite view of Mauritius.
Google Earth Google Earth Port Louis
Searchable map and satellite view of Mauritius's capital city.

Political Map of Africa
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Map of Africa
A Relief Map of Africa.


Port Louis
Capital City Port Louis ©  mauritius.net
 

News

L'Express
National news (in French)
Le Mauricien
National news (in French)
Mauritius News
UK-based Monthly Newspaper.

Radio/TV
Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation
The public broadcasting station of the Republic of Mauritius.
 

 

Arts & Culture

Mauritius Culture
About Mauritius' diverse cultures.

RadioMoris.Com
Music from Mauritius: Séga, Seggae et Ragga (Streaming).


The Sega
Image gallery of Sega dancer, the Sega is both the national dance and musical form of Mauritius.
 
Sega Dancer
Sega Dancer © mauritius.net

Business & Economy

Bank of Mauritius
The Central Bank of Mauritius.

Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry - MCCI
Official website of Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Mauritius Online Business Directory
Mauritius Business Directory.

Yellow Pages Mauritius
Mauritius Yellow Pages.


Transportation

Airline
Air Mauritius

Freeport
Mauritius Freeport
The Mauritius Freeport Authority.

 
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Destination Mauritius - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Mauritius and Rodrigues, Agalega, and St. Brandon.

Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority
Official travel and tourism site for Mauritius, with information about accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, and much more.

Mauritius Info
Info on Mauritius.

Mauritius Island On-line
US-based Mauritius Portal.

A Week in Mauritius
A Photo Gallery and Travelogue by Andy Carvin.

Mauritius in Images
An island album.
 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Education

University of Mauritius
Mauritius' university was founded in 1965.
 
 

Environment

Mauritian Wildlife Foundation
The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation is committed to the conservation of Mauritian fauna and flora.
 
 

History

History of Mauritius
Mauritius's History by periods: the Dutch period (1598-1710), the French period (1715-1810), the British period (1810-1968)
 
 

Search

Mauritius online
Mauritius directory.
Teleservices.mu
Directory of Website addresses for businesses and organisations in Mauritius.

Additional Information on Mauritius

Africa South of Sahara: Mauritius
BBC News Country Profile: Mauritius
Governments on the WWW: Mauritius
Index on Africa: Mauritius
MBendi Profile: Mauritius
Open Directory Project: Mauritius
Wikipedia - Mauritius
The World Factbook -- Mauritius
 
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Mauritius Island ©  mauritius.net

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