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About Mauritius
History
1507 - 1512 - Portuguese seafarers visit the island several times and give it the name "Ilha do Cirne" or "Swan Island". They probably named the island after the dodo, the ancient bird and heraldic figure of Mauritius which they thought to be a swan

1598 - The Dutch land and officially claim the island for the Netherlands. They rename it Mauritius in honour of their governor, Maurice of Orange and Nassau

1638 - 1710 - The island is intensively colonized by the Dutch and its resources exploited. 1715 - The French, already established on the neighbouring island of Reunion, take possession of Mauritius and rename it "´┐Żle de France

1810 - Weakened by the Revolution of 1789 by the Napoleonic wars, France cannot match the naval power of the British. The later takes over
1968 - Independence of Mauritius.
1992 - Republic of Mauritius
Geography
Mauritius is situated in the South West Indian Ocean (20 degrees south, 57.5 degrees east) to the east of Madagascar. It is an island of approximately 1865 square kilometers with 330kms of coastline almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs. The central plateau is about 600 metres above sea level
Capital
Port Louis
Population
Our cosmopolitan population is estimated at around 1,250,000 inhabitants with different ethnics : Indian, Muslims, Chinese, Creoles and people of European origins
Currency
Our local monetary unit is the Mauritian rupee and there is no exchange control system in Mauritius
Electricity
220 volts AC
Languages
Our official language is English although French is widely used in the business sector. Our local language is Creole (broken French)
Banks
Banks are opened from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 15:30.
Time
GMT+4
Driving
People in Mauritius drive on the left-hand side of the road and give way to the right