Mauritius
Republic of Mauritius

Capital
Port Louis

Area
788 sq mi
2,040 sq km


Population
1,210,447 est 2003

Largest city
Port Louis
pop. 143,800


Languages
English (official), Creole, French (official), Hindi, Urdu, Hakka, Bhojpuri

Peoples
Indo-Mauritian 68%, Creole 27%, Sino-Mauritian 3%, Franco-Mauritian 2%

Religion
Hindu 52%, Christian 28.3% (Roman Catholic 26%, Protestant 2.3%), Islam 16.6%, other 3.1%

Life Expectancy
total population: 72.09 years
male: 68.11 years
female: 76.13 years (2004 est.)


Literacy
total population: 85.6%
male: 88.6%
female: 82.7% (2003 est.)


Suffrage
18 years of age; universal

Government
Parliamentary Democracy


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