Republic of Mauritius

Mauritius is an island of Africa's southeast coast located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. Mauritius is approximately 2,000 km off the southeast coast of Africa. The island is surrounded by more than 150 km of white sandy beaches.

 

The lagoons are protected from the open sea by the world's third largest coral reef, which surrounds the island. Just off the Mauritian coast lie some 49 uninhabited islands and islets, several of which are used as natural reserves for endangered species.

Geographic Location

Geographic Location

Main Cities and Towns

Main Cities and Towns

Political Economy Summary

Capital Port Louis
Independence 12 March 1968
Current Head of State H.E. Ameenah Gurib
Current Head of Government P.M. Pravind Jugnauth
Minister of Foreign Affairs Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo
Minister of Finance Pravind Kumar Jugnauth
Central Bank Govenor Rameswurlall Basant Roi
Next National Elections Date December 2019
Government Website http://www.govmu.org
Parliament Website http://mauritiusassembly.govmu.org/

Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

The Mauritian coat of arms were designed by the Mayor of Johannesburg in 1906, Johann Van Der Puf. In the lower left quarter is a key and on the right-hand side is a white star, which are referred to in the Latin motto: Stella Clavisque Maris Indici which means "Star and Key of the Indian Ocean".