Mauritius is formally known as the Republic of Mauritius and is an island nation in the Indian Ocean specifically located off the southeast coast of the African continent. The country comprises of the islands of Mauritius, Rodrigues, the islands of Agalega and the archipelago Saint Brandon. The islands of Mauritius, Rodrigues and Réunion form part of the Mascarene Islands. Its capital is Port Louis.

Mauritius is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural; most Mauritians are multilingual and make use of English, French, Creole and Asian languages.

The island of Mauritius was the only home of the Dodo bird which became extinct fewer than eighty years after its discovery. Mauritius’ environment is typically tropical in the coastal regions with forests in the mountainous areas.  The African country is ranked second in air quality. Situated near the tropic of Capricorn, Mauritius has a tropical climate comprising of 2 seasons; a warm humid summer and a fairly cool dry winter.

With a well-developed legal and commercial infrastructure and a tradition of entrepreneurship and representative government, Mauritius is one of the developing world’s most successful democracies. The economy of Mauritius has shown a significant degree of resilience, and an environment already favourable to dynamic entrepreneurial activity has moved further toward economic freedom.

Capital: Port Louis

Dialling code: 230

Currency: Mauritian rupee

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