Mauritius

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INFORMATION

Capital: Port Louis

Government: Parliamentary Democracy

President: Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory

Current Prime Minister: Pravind Kumar Jugnauth

Economy:

  • Mainstays of the economy remain sugar, tourism, textiles, apparel and financial services with expansion into fish processing, information and communications technology and hospitality and property development.
  • Sugarcane is grown on about 90% of the cultivated land area and accounts for 15% of export earnings.

Population: 1,379,365 (2020)

Land Size: 2,040 sq km (788 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Indo-Mauritian: 68%
  • Creole: 27%
  • Sino-Mauritian: 3%
  • Franco-Mauritian: 2%
Religions:

  • Hindu: 48%
  • Roman Catholic: 23.6%
  • Muslim: 16.6%
  • Other Christian: 8.6%
  • Other: 2.5%
  • Unspecified: 0.3%
  • None: 0.4%

Language(s):

  • Creole: 80.5%
  • Bhojpuri: 12.1%
  • French: 3.4%
  • English (official)
  • Other: 3.7%
  • Unspecified: 0.3%

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RECENT NEWS

  • Thu - Feb 25, 2021: 'Covid-19, Oil Spill Highlight the Vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States' - AllAfrica News: Mauritius
    [Africa Renewal] Amid the COVID-19 pandemic in late July 2020, a Japanese bulk carrier, MV Wakashio, struck a reef in the coastal area of south-eastern Mauritius, leaking about 1,000 tonnes of oil. The accident caused an ecological disaster and has severely impacted the life and livelihood of residents of many coastal communities in the country. In this interview with Africa Renewal's Kingsley Ighobor, Ms. Amanda Serumaga, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for Mauritius and Seychelles, shares pers
  • Sat - Feb 13, 2021: The transformation from Anerood Jugnauth's to Pravind Jugnauth's MSM has claimed many scalps along the way - AllAfrica News: Mauritius
    [L'Express] The exit of Nando Bodha, the last of the MSM figures associated with Sir Anerood Jugnauth, from the MSM marks the culmination of the long transformation from Anerood Jugnauth's to Pravind Jugnauth's MSM. However, this transformation has been a long time in the making and has claimed many scalps along the way.
  • Fri - Feb 5, 2021: What Needs to Happen So the Mauritius Oil Spill Never Happens Again? - AllAfrica News: Mauritius
    [Greenpeace] Our personal histories are often attached to historical moments of shock. From wildfires to acts of terror, we all remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news. For the people of Mauritius, August 6th, 2020 carried a trauma that will reverberate for decades to come as oil began to seep from the wrecked MV Wakashio into the Indian Ocean.
  • Mon - Feb 1, 2021: Eye on the Indian Ocean - AllAfrica News: Mauritius
    [L'Express] Weekend of unrest
  • Mon - Feb 1, 2021: New UN Tribunal Ruling Gives Chagossians Further Hope for Return Home - AllAfrica News: Mauritius
    [Seychelles News Agency] The displaced people of the Chagos islands living in Seychelles say that the United Nations Maritime Law Tribunal has backed their aspirations for resettlement now that the tribunal has said that Britain has no sovereignty over the islands.