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Rodrigues Island, MauritiusCalcarenitic shore of Rodrigues Island, Mauritius
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Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean. It is located on the southwestern part of the ocean, about 900 km (560 mi) to the east of Madagascar. It comprises the main island, Mauritius, and adjacent islands including Cargados, Carajos, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands. It is one of the Mascarene Islands, which includes Réunion. It covers a total land area of 2,040 sq km (787 sq mi).

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Mauritius has a population of 1.3 million people (2011 estimate). The official language of the country is English, although the people here also speak Mauritian Creole, French and Rodriguan Croele.

Mauritius is four hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+4). Electricity is 230V/50Hz using European and UK plugs. The official currency is the Mauritian rupee (MUR). Traffic is driven on the left, just as in Britain. The phone IDD code is +230. The country has a tropical climate with temperatures that are fairly constant throughout the year.

Caudan Waterfront at Port Louis, MauritiusCaudan Waterfront at Port Louis, Mauritius
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In 2009, Mauritius had an estimated nominal GDP of $8.761 billion, equivalent to a per capita nominal GDP of $6,838. Its per capita GDP at purchasing power parity stood at $12,526. When aligned with other countries of Africa, its GDP at purchasing power parity is the sixth highest behind Seychelles, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Libya and Botswana. From the time of independence until today, the country has transformed its economy, from one based on agriculture, to one based on services and tourism.

The history of Mauritius goes back to at least the 10th century. Early seafarers from Arabia, Africa and the Malay archipelago have visited it. The Portuguese arrived here in 1507 and established a base on one of its islands. The Dutch Second Fleet, comprising five ships, were blown off course by a cyclone, and beached at Mauritius in 1598. The Dutch named the island after Prince Maurice of Nassau, the then Stadtholder of the Netherlands.

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The French took control of Mauritius in 1715, and renamed it Île de France. During the Napoleonic Wars, the British took over the island from the French, and changed its name back to Mauritius. The British continued to administered the island until its independence in 1968. Mauritius became a republic in 1992. It is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations as well as the African Union and La Francophonie.

Planning your visit to Mauritius

Visitors from most Western countries as well as citizens of Japan, Malaysia and Singapore do not need a visa for entering Mauritius. The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is the gateway to Mauritius. It is the base for Air Mauritius, the national carrier, which flies to destinations in Africa, Australia, Asia and Europe.

Preparing Money for your trip to Mauritius

The currency used in Mauritius is the Mauritian Rupee (MUR).
  1. Port Louis - capital
  2. Beau Bassin
  3. Curepipe
  4. Rose Hill
  5. Phoenix
  6. Quatre Bornes
  7. Vacoas

Places of Interest in Mauritius

  1. Domaine du Chasseur Nature Preserve
  2. Macabée Bel Ombre Nature Preserve
  3. Rodrigues

World Heritage Sites in Mauritius

  1. Aapravasi Ghat
  2. Le Morne Cultural Landscape

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