Capital: Port Louis

Population: 1,329,528 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: Mauritian Rupee (MUR)

Official Language: Creole

Unofficial Languages: Bhojpuri, French, and other

Main Religions: Hindu, Christianity, Islam

Ethnic Groups: Indo-Mauritian, Franco-Mauritian, Creole, Sino-Mauritian

Largest Cities: Port Louis, Vacoas, Curepipe, Quatre Bornes

Main Sport: Football

Political System: Parliamentary Democracy

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s Day (January 1)

Day After New Year’s Day (January 2)

Thaipoosam Cavadee (Hindu Festival) (January 24)

Abolition of Slavery (February 1)

Chinese Spring Festival (February 8)

Maha Shivratri (Hindu Festival) (March 7)

National Day (March 12)

Ougadi (April 8)

Tamizh Puttaandu (April 14)

Labour Day (May 1)

Eid ul-Fitr or End of Ramadan (July 6)

Assumption of Mary (August 15)

Ganesh Chaturhi (September 6)

Diwali (The Festival of Lights) (October 30)

Arrival of Indentured (November 2)

Christmas Day (December 25)