Quick Facts

  • Official name: Union of the Comoros
  • Geography: an island nation (consisting of four islands) in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa
  • Independence: 1975 (from France)
  • Capital city: Maroni (pop. 56,000)
  • Area: 2,235 sq. km (slightly more than 12 times the size of Washington, DC)
  • Climate: tropical marine
  • Nationality: Comoran(s)
  • Official languages: French, Arabic, Comorian
  • Economy: based on agriculture, hunting, fishing, forestry
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Population: 780,971
  • Half of the population lives below the poverty line
  • Literacy rate: 77.8%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • Type of government: republic
  • Chief of state and head of government: President Ikililou Dhoinine. The Presidency rotates every four years among the elected presidents from the three main islands in the union.

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 335/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 63.55/1,000 births
  • Life expectancy: 63.85 years
  • Total fertility rate: 3.6 children/woman
  • Health expenditures: 5.8% GDP
  • Physician density: 0.15/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 2.2/1,000
  • Children under the age of 5 underweight: 16.9%
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 0.1%
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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