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Mauritius

Mauritius
Standards
Road Traffic:left side
Electricity:
Voltage:230V
Frequency:50 Hz
Plug types:C, G,
TV Systems:
System:SECAM B
DVD-Region: 5
Geography
Bordering countries:

Location:
Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar
Area:
total: 2,040 sq km
land: 2,030 sq km
water: 10 sq km
Climate:
tropical, modified by southeast trade winds; warm, dry winter (May to November); hot, wet, humid summer (November to May)
Terrain:
small coastal plain rising to discontinuous mountains encircling central plateau
Economy
GDP: $16.09 billion (2005 est.)
GDP growth rate: 3% (2005 est.)
GDP per capita: $13,100 (2005 est.)
Inflation rate: 5% (2005 est.)
Currency: Mauritian rupee (MUR)
Exchange rates:
Mauritian rupees per US dollar - 29.496 (2005), 27.499 (2004), 27.902 (2003), 29.962 (2002), 29.129 (2001)
People
Population: 1,240,827 (July 2006 est.)
Growth rate: 0.82% (2006 est.)
Religions:
Hindu 48%, Roman Catholic 23.6%, other Christian 8.6%, Muslim 16.6%, other 2.5%, unspecified 0.3%, none 0.4% (2000 census)
Languages:
Creole 80.5%, Bhojpuri 12.1%, French 3.4%, English (official; spoken by less than 1% of the population), other 3.7%, unspecified 0.3% (2000 census)
Government
Capital:
name: Port Louis
time difference: UTC+4 (9 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Independence:
12 March 1968 (from UK)


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