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Resources about Comoros including maps, facts about the land, people, history,
government, political conditions, and economy.
Economy of Comoros
GDP (purchasing power parity, 2008 est.): $741.4 million.
Annual growth rate: 0.5%.
GDP per capita (2008 est.): $1,000.
Agriculture (40% of GDP): Products--vanilla, cloves, perfume
essences, copra, banana, cassava, coconuts.
Services (56% of GDP): Commerce, tourism.
Industry (4% of GDP): Types--perfume distillation.
Trade: Exports (2006 est.)--$32 million f.o.b.: vanilla,
cloves, perfume essences, copra. Major markets--Turkey,
France, Singapore, Saudi Arabia. Imports (2006 est.)--$143
million: rice and other foodstuffs, consumer goods, petroleum,
cement, transport equipment. Major suppliers--France 18.2%,
U.A.E. 10.8%, South Africa 8.5%, Pakistan 7.2%, Kenya 5.7%,
China 5.4%, India 5%.
Geography of Comoros
Area: 2,171 sq. km. (838 sq. mi.); slightly less than half the
size of Delaware. Major islands--Grande Comore (1,025 sq.
km.), Anjouan (424 sq. km.), Mayotte (374 sq. km.), and Moheli
(211 sq. km.).
Cities: Capital--Moroni (pop. 30,000); Mutsamudu (pop.
Climate: Tropical marine.
Government of Comoros
Independence: July 6, 1975 (Mayotte remains under French
Constitution: Adopted by referendum on December 23, 2001.
Branches: Executive--national president; regional island
presidents. Legislative--National Assembly. Judicial--
traditional Muslim and codified law from French sources.
Political parties: 17 political parties.
Suffrage: Universal adult.
Map of Comoros
This Map of Comoros shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and
cities including Moroni the capital of Comoros. (Maps from the U.S. State
Official Name of Comoros
The Official Name of Comoros is the Union of the Comoros.
(Facts from the U.S. State Department)
People of Comoros
Nationality: Noun and adjective--Comoran(s).
Population (July 2009 est.): 752,438. Mayotte (1990 est.)--
Annual growth rate (2009 est.): 2.766%.
Ethnic groups: Antalote, Cafre, Makoa, Oimatsaha, Sakalava.
Religions: Sunni Muslim 98%, Roman Catholic 2%.
Languages: Shikomoro (a Swahili-Arabic blend), Arabic
(official), French (official).
Education: Attendance--60% primary, 34% secondary. Literacy--
Health: Life expectancy--63.47 yrs. Infant mortality rate--
Work force (1996): 144,500. Agriculture--80%.
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