Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of Mauritius
  • Geography: an island nation off the southern coast of Africa; consists of Mauritius Island and three other neighboring islands
  • Capital: Port Louis (pop. 135,000)
  • Independence: 1968 (from UK)
  • Population: 1,339,827
  • Official language: English (with a large portion of the population speaking mainly Mauritian Creole and French)
  • Climate: tropical
  • Economy: based on tourism, textiles, sugar and financial services
  • Major religions: Hinduism, Christianity, Islam
  • Literacy rate: 90.6%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates:  www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A parliamentary democracy
  • Chief of state: President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (since 2015)
  • Head of government: Prime Minister Sir Aneroid Jugnauth (since 2014)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 53/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 10.3/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 75.4 years
  • Health expenditures: 4.8% GDP
  • Physician density: 1.62/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 3.4/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 0.92%
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

Infectious Diseases

  • Common Cold 32%
  • Influenza 11%
  • Herpes Simplex 5%
  • Shigellosis  4%
  • Salmonellosis  2%

Safety Information

  • Thefts are common. Protect your belongings.
  • Women should not walk alone. Especially in the dark.
  • Violent crime is uncommon.
  • Exercise caution on beaches and dimly lit places.

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