ABOUT MAURITIUS

Mauritius is an independent sovereign state with a long tradition of social, economic and political stability. It is modelled on the Westminster model of parliamentary democracy with an independent judiciary, and the final Court of Appeal being the Judicial Committee of the UK Privy Council. Mauritius gained independence from the British in 1968 and became a Republic in 1992.

Mauritius is renowned for its beautiful countryside, lagoons and beaches. The pleasant sub-tropical climate and steady social progress and economic growth, make it a most pleasant place in which to live and do business. But Mauritius also prides itself as a real and buoyant economy that has successfully diversified and matured as reputable International Financial Centre.

MAURITIUS AT A GLANCE

Mauritius
Named after the Dutch Prince Maurice Van Nassau.
Capital
Port Louis.
Location
Latitude 20⁰ south, Longitude 57.5⁰ east. 2400 Km off the south-eastern coast of Africa.
Area
2,040 sq. kms, incl. Rodrigues and the outer islands.
Population
1.296 million (2013)
Time Zone
UTC +4; +3 hours mid-European time.
Climate
Summer : November to April : 23⁰c to 33⁰c. Winter: May to October : 17⁰c to 23⁰c.
Language
English is generally accepted as the official language. English, French and Creole are widely spoken while Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, Hakka, Mandarin are among other spoken languages.
Government
The President is the head of the state but constitutional power is vested in the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. Mauritius still forms part of the British Commonwealth.
Economy
The Mauritian Economy rests on our four main pillars: sugar, textiles, tourism and the services sector.
Religion
Mauritius is a melting pot of cultures. Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism co-exist peacefully.
Currency
The Mauritian Rupee (MUR).