Ten fun facts about Mauritius

Fact 1
The capital of Mauritius is Port Louis. Nearly 40% of the island’s population resides in the capital city that was established by the French in 1736.

Fact 2
Mauritius is a leaf-shaped island created by underwater volcanic eruptions.

Fact 3
Sugarcane is the major cash crops that are planted on 90% of the country’s arable land. The major exports are sugar, clothing, tea and jewellery. Mauritius imports most of its food – rice, lentils and vegetables and so on.

Fact 4
The official currency is the Mauritian rupee. Mauritius is the richest and most developed nation in Africa. Tourism and sugar are the primary revenue centres for the country.

Fact 5
Mauritius gained its independence on 12 March 1968. The official name of the country is the “Republic of Mauritius.”

Fact 6
The main languages spoken in this country are Creole, Bhojpuri, French and English.

Fact 7
The majority of the people are Hindus followed by Roman Catholics, Christians and Muslims.

Fact 8
The national flower of Mauritius is the Trochetia Boutoniana (Boucle d’Oreille). The national bird is the Dodo which is now extinct.

Fact 9
The hottest part of Mauritius is considered to be the west coast where the temperature varies from 30 - 34⁰C. The climate is tropical with hot wet humid summers from November to May.

Fact 10
The ethnic groups comprise of Indo-Mauritian 68%, Creole 27%, Sino-Mauritian 3% and Franco-Mauritian 2%.

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Short about Mauritius
Is located in the South-west of the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Madagascar in Southern Africa

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