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Comoros

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Capital: Moroni

Government: Republic

Current President: Ikililou Dhoinine

Economy:

  • One of the world’s poorest countries, Comoros is made up of three islands that have inadequate transportation links, a young and rapidly increasing population, and few natural resources.
  • Agriculture, including fishing, hunting, and forestry, contributes 40% to GDP, employs 80% of the labor force, and provides most of the exports.
  • The country is not self-sufficient in food production; rice, the main staple, accounts for the bulk of imports.

Population: 754,000 (UN 2011)

Land Size: 1,862 sq km (719 sq miles)

Major Ethic Groups:

  • Antalote
  • Cafre
  • Makoa
  • Oimatsaha
  • Sakalava

Religions:

  • Sunni Muslim: 98%
  • Roman Catholic: 2%

Language(s):

  • Arabic (official)
  • French (official)
  • Shikomoro (a blend of Swahili and Arabic)

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