Known to Arab and Malay sailors as early as the 10th century
Regarded as one of the most beautiful countries in the world
Gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1968 (national celebration day is March 12)
Population of over 1,280,000 (2009)
Coastline of 177 kilometres and approximately 11 times the size of Washington, DC
GDP real growth rate of almost 6% (2008)
A stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record
Ranks first among all countries in FDI inflows to India with cumulative inflows amounting to over U.S. $ 11 Billion
The government’s development strategy centres on creating vertical and horizontal cluster of developments in the following sectors: Sugar, Tourism & Transportation, Textiles & Apparel, Financial Services, Fish Processing, Date & Communication Technology, Hospitality & Property Development
Investment in the banks, financial institutions, financial services sector exceeds U.S. $1 Billion
Recipient in 2010 of over U.S. $700 Million investment by China for a special economic zone to service Beijing’s expansion in Africa
GDP: Services 70%; Industry 25%; Agriculture 5%
Has attracted more than 32,000 offshore entities (many strategically targeting commerce in India, South Africa and China)
Capital (and largest city) is Port Louis
The Sir Seewoosagur Rgmgoolam International Airport is located in the south eastern part of the island approximately 48 kilometres from the capital (the Airport has 2 passenger terminals serving over 2 million passengers annually, 1 cargo terminal, services both regional and international airlines, and is the hub of Air Mauritius)