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Country (long form) Republic of Mauritius
Capital Port Louis
Total Area 718.15 sq mi
1,860.00 sq km
(almost 11 times the size of Washington, DC)
Population 1,189,825 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 1,451,156
Languages English (official), Creole, French, Hindi, Urdu, Hakka, Bojpoori
Literacy 82.9% total, 87.1% male, 78.8% female (1995 est.)
Religions Hindu 52%, Christian 28.3% (Roman Catholic 26%, Protestant 2.3%), Muslim 16.6%, other 3.1%
Life Expectancy 67.26 male, 75.31 female (2001 est.)
Government Type parliamentary democracy
Currency 1 Mauritian rupee (MauR) = 100 cents
GDP (per capita) $10,400 (2000 est.)
Industry food processing (largely sugar milling), textiles, clothing; chemicals, metal products, transport equipment, nonelectrical machinery; tourism
Agriculture sugarcane, tea, corn, potatoes, bananas, pulses; cattle, goats; fish
Arable Land 49%
Natural Resources arable land, fish
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