• Mauritius


    Since its independence in 1968, Mauritius has undergone a remarkable economic transformation from a low-income, agriculturally based economy to a diversified, upper middle-income one with growing industrial, financial and tourist sectors. The island has achieved steady and strong growth over the last several decades, resulting in more equitable income distribution, increased life expectancy, lowered infant mortality and a much-improved infrastructure.

    Name Republic of Mauritius

    Capital Port Louis

    Frequency of elections Every five years

    Name of parliament National Assembly of Mauritius

    Parliament website mauritiusassembly.gov.mu

    Languages Creole, Bhojpuri, French, English

    Area 2 040 km2

    Population 1 331 155 (July 2014 est)

    Imports Manufactured goods, capital equipment, foodstuffs, petroleum products, chemicals

    Exports Clothing and textiles, sugar, cut flowers, molasses, fish, primates

    Currency Mauritian rupee

    Source: CIA World Factbook
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