Country: Mauritius

Population: 1,250,882

Capital: Port Louis

Time Zone: UTC+4

Currency Name: Mauritian rupee (MUR)

Government Type: parliamentary democracy

Languages: Creole 80.5%, Bhojpuri 12.1%, French 3.4%, English (official; spoken by less than 1% of the population), other 3.7%, unspecified 0.3%

Ethnic Breakdown: Indo-Mauritian 68%, Creole 27%, Sino-Mauritian 3%, Franco-Mauritian 2%

Religion: Hindu 48%, Roman Catholic 23.6%, Muslim 16.6%, other Christian 8.6%, other 2.5%, unspecified 0.3%, none 0.4%

Major Cities: Port Louis

Phone Country Code: 230

Health Concerns:

Official Tourism Website: http://www.mauritius.net/

High Travel Season: no peak season

Voltage: 230 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: c, g

Major Holidays: January 1-2 (New Year), Thaipoosam Cavadee, February 1 (Abolition of Slavery Day), Maha Shivaratri, Chinese New Year, March 12 (National Day), Ougadi, May 1 (Labor Day), August 15 (Assumption), Ganesh Chaturthi, Ramadan, Diwali, November 1 (All Saints Day), November 2 (First Laborer's Day), December 25 (Christmas Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: The dodo is the symbolic bird of Mauritius