Flag of the Week: Mauritius

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Isabella Wang
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Mauritius Infographics 1 symbols on the flag; see the text below the pictures for details. Mauritius Infographics2 fast facts and geography; see the text below the pictures for details. Mauritius Infographics 3 famous figures, food + culture; see the text below the pictures for details.

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Mauritius

Mauritius is an island country in the Indian Ocean.

Symbols on the Flag

Red reflects the national struggle for independence.

Blue represents the island nature of the country and its position in the Indian Ocean.

Yellow is the light of freedom.

Green symbolizes the lush vegetation due to the island's subtropical weather.

[Image of the flag of Mauritius, with four horizontal stripes (red, blue, yellow, green from top to down)]

Fast Facts

Area: 775 mi² (2,007 km²)

Population: 1,266,000

Capital: Port Louis

Languages: English

Religion: no official religion

Currency: Mauritian Rupee (Mau Re)

Geography

Mauritius is volcanic in origin and is almost completely surrounded by coral reefs. Small mountains throughout the country may be the rim remnants of an ancient volcano.

Famous Figures

Pravind Jugnauth has been the Prime Minster of Mauritius since 2017. Malcolm de Chazal was a Mauritian writer, painter, and visionary, known especially for his book Sens-Plastique.

[Image of Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth]

[Image of Author Malcolm de Chazal]

Food + Culture

Mauritian cuisine is a blend of AfricanChineseEuropean (mainly French) and Indian influences.

[Image of Mauritian noodle dish]

Due to its history, Mauritians celebrate a variety of holidays with Hindu, Muslim, Catholic, Chinese, and Tamil influences. One example is the Tamil holiday of Thaipoosam Cavadee.

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