• Comoros


    Comoros comprises three islands. Agriculture – including fishing, hunting and forestry – contributes 50% to GDP, employs 80% of the labour force and provides most of the exports. Export income is heavily reliant on the three main crops of vanilla, cloves and ylang-ylang. The country imports roughly 70% of its food, and rice – the main staple – accounts for the bulk of imports.

    Name Union of the Comoros

    Capital Moroni

    Frequency of elections Every four years

    Name of parliament Assembly of the Union

    Parliament website www.auc.km

    Languages Arabic, French, Shikomoro

    Area 2 235 km2

    Population 766 856 (July 2014 est)

    Imports Rice, foodstuffs, consumer goods, petroleum products, cement, transport equipment

    Exports Vanilla, ylang-ylang, cloves, copra

    Currency Comoran franc

    Source: CIA World Factbook
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