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The Republic of Mauritius consists of two main islands: Mauritius and Rodrigues (see map below), located in the Indian Ocean approximately 800 km east of Madagascar. The total land area is 2,040 km2. The capital city is Port Louis. The population is 1,186,058 (2000 estimated figures) and is descended from Indian and Chinese peoples, with a small influence from Africans and Europeans. The official language is English, while Creole and French are also widely spoken. The local currency is the Mauritian rupee.

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Mr. Pynee Chellapermal
Centre for Documentation, Research and Training on the South West Indian Ocean
P.O. BOX 91, Rose Hill, Republic of Mauritius
T +230 465 5036
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