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Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius, is an island nation off thesoutheast coast of the African continent in the southwest Indian Ocean, about870 kilometres (540 mi) east of Madagascar. In addition to the island ofMauritius, the Republic includes the islands of Cargados Carajos, Rodrigues,Tromelin and the Agalega Islands. Mauritius Island is part of the MascareneIslands, with the French island of Réunion 170 km (110 mi) to the southwestand the island of Rodrigues 570 km (350 mi) to the east. The area of Mauritiusis 2040 km2; its capital city is Port Louis.The United Kingdom took control of the islands in 1810, from France duringthe Napoleonic Wars, and Mauritius became independent from the UK in 1968.It is a parliamentary republic and is a member of the United Nations, SouthernAfrican Development Community, the Common Market for Eastern andSouthern Africa, the African Union, La Francophonie and the Commonwealthof Nations.The main languages spoken in Mauritius are Mauritian Creole, French andEnglish. English is the only official language but the lingua franca is MauritianCreole and the newspapers and television programmes are usually in French. (Source: Wikipedia)
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