Mauritius is a volcanic island nation in the Indian Ocean. It has lots of great beaches, lagoons, and reefs. Mauritius has a well known national park with rain forests, waterfalls, hiking trails, and great fauna. The flying fox is one of Mauritius’ game prides. Here we present ten random facts about Mauritius that you did not know.
Population: 1.2 Million (2014)
Capital: Port Louis
Currency: Mauritian rupee
President: Ameenah Gurib
Prime Minister: Anerood Jugnauth
System of Government: Parliamentary Republic
Official Language: None
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Random Facts About Mauritius
1. EXTINCT NATIONAL BIRD
Dodo their national bird is long extinct!
2. NO WILD ANIMALS
In spite of the great national park of Mauritius, it is claimed that there are no wild animals on the entire island. Maybe hard to believe, but there it is!
3. FEELS SAFE
The island maintains no army. Mauritius must feel no threat from any other country…being an island.
4. CULTURAL MELTING POT
Some 9 cultures melt into one as the Mauritius culture. For this reason, the island is often given as a global good example of cultural integration.
5. NO OFFICIAL TONGUE
There is no official language. English, French, and Creole are used freely.
6. WOMEN RANK HIGH
A quarter of all managers in public service are women. Women are also enjoying very rapid promotions at work.
7. NO LEAVING HOME
Abandoning home and especially a pregnant wife for up to two months is a crime.
8. MARRYING WITHIN
Intra-ethnic marriages are about 98%. Inter-ethnic marriages account for only about 8%. Also, it attracts family disapproval and may ever lead to punishment.
9. ETHNICITY IS EVERYTHING
Ethnic identity is of more importance than any kind of class at all.
10. NEVER GO TOPLESS
Topless dresses are not condoned at all. This goes for both males and females.