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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)]
Area: 775 mi² (2,007 km²)
Capital: Port Louis
Religion: no official religion
Currency: Mauritian Rupee (Mau Re)
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.
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
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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.