Flag of the Week: Mauritius

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Elena Cavallero

The island of Mauritius, part of the Mascarene Islands, is just east of Madagascar, southeast of Seychelles, and northeast of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. The areas of the country id 790 square miles, 1200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa.

Mauritius was a British colony from 1810 till 1968 when it achieved independence, it was also previously colonized by the Dutch and French. The largest city of the island and also the capital is Port Louis.


Mauritius is a popular tourist destination because of its beauty, history, and rich culture. One of the most wonderful natural assets of the country are the seven colored Earths, surreal-looking sand dunes of seven different colors that provide an amazing optical effect to the visitors. Other wonders around the country include the Tamarind falls, scenic volcano craters, and the La Morne underwater waterfall. One of the destinations that tourists might visit on the island is the La Morne Brabant mountain which has the best beach on the island and a significant history.


As many tropical islands, one of their primary sources of income is the tourism sector, but it’s not their only thriving industry. Indeed, 80% of the island is covered in sugar cane fields and thousands of tons of sugars are exported annually. Mauritians are also considered the wealthiest in Africa on average.


Mauritius has one the greatest population density of the world with 1600 people per square mile. 66% of the population is Indo or Indo mixed Mauritian and the remaining part comes from mostly British and European descents. English, French, and Mauritian Creole are the official languages.

Lastly, Mauritius has a big surfing community build off of the cultural habit of sitting and dancing on the beach.

Fun Fact: the now-extinct Dodo Bird, national animal, was only found on this island.