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Independence / Republic Days
Independence from the United Kingdom 12 March 1968
- Republic 12 March 1992

Capital
Port Louis

Current Time in Port Louis (Mauritius)

Calling code
230

Currency
Mauritian rupee (MUR)

Geographic Coordinates
20°10'S 57°31'E

Official languages
English

Location
Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar

Geographic coordinates
20 17 S, 57 33 E

Map references
Africa

Area
total: 2,040 sq km
country comparison to the world: 181
land: 2,030 sq km
water: 10 sq km
note: includes Agalega Islands, Cargados Carajos Shoals (Saint Brandon), and Rodrigues

Area - comparative
almost 11 times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline
177 km

Maritime claims
measured from claimed archipelagic straight baselines
territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin

Elevation extremes
lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
highest point: Mont Piton 828 m

Nationality
noun: Mauritian(s)
adjective: Mauritian

Languages
Creole 86.5%, Bhojpuri 5.3%, French 4.1%, two languages 1.4%, other 2.6% (includes English, the official language, which is spoken by less than 1% of the population), unspecified 0.1% (2011 est.)

Flag description
four equal horizontal bands of red (top), blue, yellow, and green; red represents self-determination and independence, blue the Indian Ocean surrounding the island, yellow has been interpreted as the new light of independence, golden sunshine, or the bright future, and green can symbolize either agriculture or the lush vegetation of the island

National anthem
name: "Motherland"

National Anthem lyrics/music
Jean Georges PROSPER/Philippe GENTIL
note: adopted 1968

Budget
revenues: $2.507 billion
expenditures: $2.736 billion (2013 est.)

Taxes and other revenues
21.1% of GDP (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 155

Mauritius Flag Description
Four equal horizontal bands of red (top), blue, yellow, and green; red represents self-determination and independence, blue the Indian Ocean surrounding the island, yellow has been interpreted as the new light of independence, golden sunshine, or the bright future, and green can symbolize either agriculture or the lush vegetation of the island.

Mauritius : National Anthem
Motherland

Glory to thee, Motherland,
O motherland of mine.
Sweet is thy beauty,
Sweet is thy fragrance,
Around thee we gather
As one people,
As one nation,
In peace, justice and liberty.
Beloved country, may God bless thee
For ever and ever.
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