Comoros
Union of the Comoros

Capital
Moroni
On Grand Comoro


Area
838 sq mi
2,170 sq km


Population
632,948 est 2003

Largest city
Moroni
pop. 60,200


Languages
Arabic (official), French (official), Shikomoro (a blend of Swahili and Arabic)

Peoples
Antalote, Cafre, Makoa, Oimatsaha, Sakalava
86% share African-Arab origins

Religion
Islam (Sunni) 98%, Roman Catholic 2%

Life Expectancy
total population: 61.57 years
male: 59.29 years
female: 63.91 years (2004 est.)


Literacy
total population: 56.5%
male: 63.6%
female: 49.3% (2003 est.)


Suffrage
18 years of age; universal

Government
Independent Republic


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