10 Random Facts About Mauritius You Need To Know

Facts about Mauritius
One of Mauritius markets

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

Continent: Africa

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.

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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.

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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.

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