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Mauritius island is situated in the Indian Ocean...
The hotels have a range of facilities...
The island consists of people of Asian, African and European origin...
Mauritius regroups some of the world's loveliest beaches...
All types of water sports and activities...
The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation...
The Portuguese sailor Bartholomew Dias...
Mauritius issued its first postage stamps on 22 September 1847...
Mauritius island is situated in the Indian Ocean, 2000 km South East of Africa. Port Louis is the capital city and seaport, and one airport is at Plaisance. The island is of volcanic origin, with small coastal plain and discontinuous mountains encircling a central plateau. Nearly 177 km of coastline, surrounded by coral reefs, account for turquoise lagoon and sandy beaches.
Climate is tropical, with a dry winter from May to November and hot and wet summer from November to May. Southeast trade winds influence the island, which is often affected by cyclones between November and April.
Mauritius consists of about 1,2 million inhabitants, 51% of which are women. The median age of the people is 30 years and life expectancy of 70 years. The main religions are Hinduism, Christianity, Islamism and Buddhism. Literacy rate is about 85%.
First discovered by Arab and Portuguese sailors,
the island was colonized by the Dutch in 1710. Taken over by the
French afterwards, until 1810, it was handed over to the British.
Independence was attained in 1968 and status of republic obtained in 1992.
Finance and Economy
The local currency is the Mauritian Rupee. Tourism, Sugar, Textile and exports are the key contributors to the Mauritian economy, but there are new key sectors emerging, like Finance, Information Communication Technology and Telecommunications.