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About Mauritius

About Mauritius

Capital : Port Louis
Area : 1865 km²
Population : 1,3 million inhabitants
Languages : French, English, Mauritian Kreol
Currency : Rupee, 1 € = Rs 40 (depending on exchange rates)
Religions :Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism
President : Ameenah Gurib Fakim
Prime Minister : Sir Anerood Jugnauth
GTB 2013 : according to the BOI about 9 300 USD


Climate

Summer from November to April, the temperatures fluctuate from 23°C to 33°C, the temperature of the water
is around 26°C. Winter from May to October and the temperatures vary between 17°C and 24°C.

Time Zone

Mauritius is 04 hours in advance on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+4).
For information, there are 02 hours of jet lag with France in summer and 03 hours in winter.

History

Discovered in 1505 by a portuguese sailor, Mauritius has been a Dutch, French and British colony. Many naval wars have taken place in the seas surrounding Mauritius to secure this strategic point on the spice route towards India. Mauritius has been independent since 1968 and through its multicolored flag symbolizes its multicultural heritage, a melting pot of cultures, indian, chinese and european making Mauritius a whirpool of scents and aromas.

Economy

Those past 10 years have seen a tremendous growth allowing Mauritius to become an industrialised nation The sugar cane based economy has now evolved into a diversified economy including textiles and financial services. The economy os the island is shifting towards a service based economy with focus on technology and software development. Finally mauritius aims at becoming a lead maritime hub in the region.