Mauritius

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Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius, French: République de Maurice, is an island nation off the coast of the African continent in the southwest Indian Ocean, about 900 kilometres (560 mi) east of Madagascar. The island of Mauritius is renowned for having been the only known home of the dodo. The Dodo is a lesson in extinction. First sighted around 1600 on Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean, the Dodo was extinct less than eighty years later. Mauritius attained independence in 1968, and the country became a republic within the Commonwealth in 1992. Mauritius has attracted considerable foreign investment earning one of Africa's highest per capita incomes.

Established
1992-03-12
Joined Commonwealth
1968
Capital City
Port Louis
Demonym
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Mauritian
Country motto
"Stella Clavisque Maris Indici'' "Star and Key of the Indian Ocean"
Size
787 square miles.
Population
1284264
Population density
Based on figures from .
616 per square kilometre. (World ranking: 18)
GDP
At purchasing power parity based on figures from 2006
$15750000000 (World ranking:133)
Human Development Index
The Human Development Index is a combined measure of life expectancy, literacy, educational attainment, and GDP per capita for countries worldwide. Figures closer to 1 indicate a greater score on the Human Development Index. The figure given below is based on figure from 2008.
0.804 (World ranking:65)
Currency Code
MUR
Country calling code
230
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