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A virtual guide to the island of Réunion, an overseas department of France. The island formerly known as Île Bourbon belongs to the Mascarene islands, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 740 km (460 mi) east of Madagascar and south west of Mauritius. The mountainous island is of volcanic origin, 70.5 km long (43.8 mi, from north west to south east) and about 50 km (31 mi) wide.
Official Flag of Reunion
is the French tricolore.
845,000 people live on the island (in 2014). Administrative capital is Saint-Denis. Spoken languages are French (official) and Réunion Creole.
Following pages aim to give you a broad overview of Reunionese art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Department of Réunion
Reunion is the largest island in the Mascarene group in the Indian Ocean, lying about 200 km southwest of Mauritius and 740 km (460 mi) east of Madagascar.
Arab sailors used to call this island Dina Morgabin ("Western Island"). The Portuguese were the first Europeans to visit the island, finding it uninhabited in 1513, and naming it Santa Apollonia.
From the 17th to the 19th centuries, French immigration, supplemented by influxes of Africans, Chinese, Malays, and Malabar Indians, gave the island its ethnic mix. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 cost the island its importance as a stopover on the East Indies trade route.
related countries: France, Madagascar, Mauritius
int'l long form: Department of Reunion
formerly: Île Bonaparte, Bourbon island (until 1848)
ISO Country Code: re
Local Time = UTC +4h
Actual Time: Tue-July-26 16:07
Country Calling Code: +262
Capital City: Saint-Denis
French overseas department (département d'outre-mer, or DOM).
Location: West of southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar.
Area: 2,510 km² (969 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Mostly mountainous; fertile lowlands along the coast.
Highest point: Piton des Neiges 3 069 m
Climate: Tropical, but temperature moderates with elevation; hot and rainy from November to April, cool and dry from May to November.
Population: 816,000 (2009)
Ethnic Groups: French, African, Malagasy, Chinese, Pakistani, Indian.
Religions: Roman Catholic 86%, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist.
Languages: French (official), Creole widely used.
Natural resources: Fish, arable land, hydropower.
Agriculture products: Sugarcane, vanilla, tobacco, tropical fruits, vegetables, corn.
Industries: Sugar, rum, cigarettes, handicraft items, flower oil extraction; tourism.
Exports partners: France 74%, Japan 6%, Comoros 4% (2004)
Imports partners: France 64%, Bahrain 3%, Germany 3%, Italy 3% (2004)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
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Official Sites of RéunionLe portail de l'ETAT à la Réunion
Official website of the Government of Reunion (in French).
Les Conseillers Généraux
General Council of Reunion.
Conseil Régional de La Réunion
Regional Council of Reunion (in French).
Ministère de l'Outre-Mer
Site of the French ministry for the overseas territories.
Directory of French representations abroad (in French)
List of French diplomatic missions around the world.
Foreign Embassies and Consulates in France
Address list of Diplomatic Missions accredited in France.
Map of Reunion
Political Map of Reunion.
Google Earth Reunion
Searchable map and satellite view of Réunion.
Searchable map and satellite view of Reunion's capital city.
Political Map of Africa
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Map of Africa
A Relief Map of Africa.
Le Journal de l'Île de la Réunion - Reunion news (in French).
The business magazine of the Indian Ocean (in French).
iMaz Press Reunion
Photo press agency with images of Reunion and the Indian Ocean.
TV station, provides also news from Reunion (in French)
Reseau France Outre-Mer, operated by France Télévisions, (in French).
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Arts & CultureODC Office Départemental de la Culture
Saint Denis regional office of culture.
Creole art and culture (in French).
Les Cultures Indiennes de la Reunion
Indian Cultures in the Reunion Island (partly in English).
Reunion Island © Observatoire Marin
Business & Economy
Banque de la Reunion
Official website of the bank (in French).
Agence de Développement de la Réunion
SIte of Reunion's Developement Agency provides information about local industries.
Chambre de Métiers et de l'Artisanat de la Réunion
Reunion's Chamber of Trades and Craft industry (in French).
Reunion Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The chamber's site with information in French.
Territoire de la Côte Ouest TCO
Union of Territory of the West coast developemnet co-operation.
Products of Reunion
Cooperative Agricole des Huiles Essentielles de Bourbon
Agricultural Cooperative of Essential Oils of Bourbon.
Reunion Island Distillery.
Royal Bourbon Industries
Reunion Island Airport Roland Garros
Discover Reunion Island in a Helicopter.
Official website of the Port Réunion.
Destination Reunion - Travel and Tour GuidesDiscover Reunion, the formerly Île Bonaparte, Bourbon island, Runisland: Piton des Neiges, Maïdo, Grand Bénare, Roche Ecrite, Dimitile, the mountains: Cilaos, Salazie, Mafate.
Find accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, biking, hiking, climbing, cruising, diving, tours and much more by visiting the links below.
Ile de la Réunion
Reunion Tourism Boards guide to accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, cruising, diving, tours and much more (in French).
F.R.T - Fédération régionale de Tourisme de la Réunion
Site of the federation of regional tourism offices (in French).
Site with a lot of images of the volcano Fournaise (in French).
Site about the south of the island.
L'île de la Réunion
Another tourist guide to the island (in French).
Ile de La Réunion
Reunion Island portal site.
Ile de la Reunion, guide vacances
Another island portal site (partly in English).
Tourism portal of the Mountain Information Bureau with information on mountain lodges.
Comprehensive tourism information in French, German, and English.
A guide to the island of Reunion (in French).
Mairie de Saint Denis
City of Saint-Denis, Reunion's capital (in French).
Ville de Cilaos
The village of Cilaos.
Commune de Entre-Deux
Entre-Deux village (in French).
Office de Tourisme de L'Entre-Deux
The tourism office of Entre-Deux (in French).
Site of the seaside resort Saint Gilles.
Commune de Saint-Paul
The city of Saint-Paul (in French).
Office du Tourisme de Saint-Paul
The tourism office of Saint-Paul.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
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EducationAcadémie de la Réunion
Official website of the academy (French).
Université de la Réunion
The Reunion University (French).
Environment & NatureAGORAH (Agence pour l'Observation de la Réunion, l'Aménagement et l'Habitat)
Reunion's environmental agency (in French)
Office National des Forêts
National Office of the Forests (in French).
Observatoire Marin de la Réunion
The site provides information on the marine environment of the island (in French).
Société d'Ëtudes Ornithologiques de la Réunion
Birds of Reunion (in French).
HistoryUn peu d'histoire
Brief history timeline of Reunion (in French).
Brief history of Reunion.
Wikipedia entry with Reunion's history.
Annuaire île de la Réunion
Index of Reunion web sites.
Links to Reunion web sites.
Additional Information on ReunionBBC News Regions and territories: Reunion
Open Directory Project: Reunion
The World Factbook -- Reunion
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