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Identification. The island of Mauritius was apparently uninhabited until 1638. It was then that the Dutch, under the Dutch East India Company, made their first attempt to colonize the land, named after the prince of Denmark, Maurice of Nassau. The people of Mauritius are descendants of European (mostly French) settlers, the Franco-Mauritians; African slaves and creoles, the Afro-Mauritians; Chinese traders, the Sino-Maurtians; and Indian laborers, the Indo-Mauritians. Such cultural diversity and geographic isolation have led to a nationalized sense of pride. There is unity in being a Mauritian despite not having a shared language and customs. For this reason Mauritius is often considered a global example of successful cultural integration.

Location and Geography. A total of 790 square miles (2,046 square kilometers) of land cover Mauritius. These include the island of Mauritius, with 720 square miles (1,865 square kilometers); the island of Rodrigues, about 350 miles (563 kilometers) east of Mauritius; the small Agalega Islands, 580 miles (933 kilometers) north; and the Cargados Carajos Shoals, 250 miles (402 kilometers) north.

The island of Mauritius, where the overwhelming majority of the people live, lies 500 miles (805 kilometers) east of Madagascar and 2,500 miles (4,023 kilometers) southwest of India. Mauritius was formed by volcanic activity that left a plateau in the middle of the island rising 2,200 feet (671 meters) above sea level. This plateau slopes downward to the north until it reaches the sea. In the south and west the plateau drops sharply to the coast. The driest part of the island in is the southwest, which receives about 35 inches (89 centimeters) per year. The center can receive up to 200 inches (508 centimeters) a year. The capital is Port Louis, on the northwestern roast of the island of Mauritius.

Demography. The current population is approximately 1.1 million. The majority live in the capital and largest city, Port Louis. The population density is one of the highest in the world. Immigration came in successive and dramatic waves. This is demonstrated through the official census, first published in 1846. In that year the total population was 158,462. The white and colored population was 102,217, and the Indian population was 56,245. In 1861 the total population reached 310,050. The white and colored population increased to 115,864. The Indian population more than tripled, to 192,634, to become the majority, and the Chinese population first registered at 1,552. In 1921 the white and colored population decreased to 104,216, the Indian population increased to 335,327, and the Chinese increased to 6,745, in a total population of 376,485. The next census was in 1952, which showed the total population at 501,415. Whites and coloreds were 148,238; Indians once again increased, to 335,327; and the Chinese moved to 17,850. In 1962 the census combined the whites and coloreds to become the "general population" and separated the Indians into Hindus and Muslims. In 1983 the census stopped ethnic comparisons altogether in favor of religious groupings. This was part of a government-based objective to de-emphasize ethnic differences. Results from the 1990 census are as follows: 535,028 Hindus, 172,047 Muslims, and 343,395 Christians, with 6,190 listed as Other.

Linguistic Affiliation. There is no official language in Mauritius. Government and administrative work is written in English. The press uses French, which is understood by more of the population than English. The majority of people understand a Creole language. There is no agreed-upon written form of this language, however, so it appears unlikely that this would be adapted as a national

language despite its widespread use. At the school level the official policy is to promote ancestral languages. Thus the true state of languages seems to be genuinely a hybrid affair, and the government finds this the least intrusive of all possible measures.

History and Ethnic Relations

Arab and Swahili sailors knew of Mauritius before the 1500s. Portuguese explorers visited in the early sixteenth century. In 1638 the Dutch made attempts to colonize and inhabit the island. They brought small numbers of African slaves and introduced sugarcane to the island. Trouble maintaining the settlements led to their total abandonment in about 1710.

Five years later, Dusfrene d'Arsel claimed the island for France. The French already had nearby Réunion Island, and with these geographic holds the Mascarene Islands became an important base for attacks on British possessions in wartime. Under French rule Mauritius developed colonial plantation patterns.

The British attacked and captured the strategic islands in 1810. Réunion was given back to the French four years later because of the lack of good harbors. The Mauritius culture saw little change with the English takeover. The Cape of Good Hope was a more prized British possession, and subsequently little capital and effort was put into the Mauritian economy.

In 1825 the preferential West Indian sugar tariff was repealed, and the island transformed itself into a sugar-based economy.

Slavery was abolished in 1835. This led to large-scale demographic changes. The majority of the total population were plantation slaves. With the release of obligatory duty, upwards of half the slaves fled the plantations to live in shantytowns or unoccupied land. To make up for the loss in the workforce, plantation owners imported laborers from India. From 1835 to 1845 the Indian population went from nonexistent to a third of the total population.

Emergence of the Nation. Mauritius started self-government in the 1950s, which led to full independence from Great Britain on 12 March 1968. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam was the leader of this movement and afterward became the first prime minister. He served in that post from 1968 to 1982.

National Identity. The national identity of being a Mauritian is forged early in school and continues in the workplace. The mix of cultures forms the identity of the island. With no defining national cultural traits, the question arises whether Mauritius has a unique culture, or whether one is developing.

Ethnic Relations. The 1980s led to an economic boom for the island. This was fueled mostly by the industrialization of the export business. This led to more interracial mingling as the workplace brought previously separated ethnic factions together. This is mirrored in the school system.

The main ethnic groups have been emphasizing their ethnic roots and have helped to set up the Ministry for Culture and Arts to promote cultural activities and a better understanding of the different cultures in Mauritius. Cultural centers accomplish this task at the local level. These tend to reinforce cultural identity and strengthen the independent ethnic groups. Many of these centers obtain outside help from the parent cultures.

Urbanism, Architecture, and the Use of Space

With one of the highest population densities in the world, Mauritius places a high premium on housing. Hindus and Muslims tend to invest their life savings in real estate. Many creoles rent in urban areas. Their unique architecture is known for sharp roofs, long balconies, and canopies. Many of the traditional creole houses have been replaced in places by newer materials and designs. The government, in recognition of the heritage of the older houses, has campaigned to save their designs.

Food and Economy

Food in Daily Life. The foods in Mauritius are as varied as the cultures. Chinese mostly own the restaurants in the cities, and they combine different ethnic foods on the same menu. Street food also is quite common for snacks and includes samosas, roti, curried rolls, soups, and noodles.

At home, rice is the most common staple. This is usually combined with fish, fowl, or red meat and copious spices to form a type of stew. Local vegetables are eaten readily and include chokos, red pumpkins, squash, and greens.

Basic Economy. The Mauritian economy is centered in agriculture and manufacturing. Commerce and services jobs also are evident. The currency is the Mauritian rupee.

Land Tenure and Property. The original Franco-Mauritian families that were given land rights in French colonial times still own more then 50 percent of the sugar fields. Large numbers of Indian planters own the remaining fields. The Chinese own a heavy concentration of commercial property. The creoles have never had any extensive land holdings. The government instituted a sugar tax to deal with the vast inequalities of the sugar industry. In the 1990s the tax was revoked after constant pressure from the sugar estates. However, a program whereby workers could buy shares in the sugar industry was begun.

Tamil celebrations. Religious freedom is constitutionally guaranteed in Mauritius.
Tamil celebrations. Religious freedom is constitutionally guaranteed in Mauritius.

Major Industries. Sugar has been the historical base of industry. Until 1979, 90 percent of the national economy was based on it. While not as powerful as they once were, the refined-sugar and molasses industries still hold much importance. Textiles and clothing manufacturing also have become important industries, along with chemicals, metals, and machinery. As with many island nations, tourism is an important source of revenue.

Trade. Because of the relatively small size of the island and scarcity of natural resources, Mauritius must import huge amounts of goods from countries such as France, South Africa, and India. Major imports included textiles, petroleum, machinery, metals, and food.

Major exports include industrial products and sugar. Agricultural products also exported are tea, peanuts, tobacco, potatoes, tomatoes, and bananas. Exports tend to be centered on the United Kingdom, France, and the United States. In 1997 the net export value was $1.616 billion (U.S.) and net imports $2.264 billion (U.S.), for a trade deficient of $648 million (U.S.).

Division of Labor. Traditionally, urban industrialization used mostly the creole women as the workforce. Rural industrialization has brought more of the Indian population, who live in higher numbers in the countryside, into the factories. The boom in industry has opened skilled-labor positions to all ethnicities in Mauritius, leading to very low unemployment rates.

Social Stratification

Classes and Castes. The Franco-Mauritians have had land and ownership privileges that the other ethnic groups have not, and they form a small, privileged high class. The Indians and Chinese form subgroups in relation to language, religious branches, and regional origins. Hindi is considered more prestigious among the Indian population, but northern Indian dialects are more commonly used in the countryside. The creoles have had the poorest economic conditions of any group.

Political Life

Government. The British Westminster model of government is the basis for Mauritius. Until 1992 the queen of England was the head of state and queen of Mauritius in a constitutional monarchy, with Mauritius as a commonwealth. In 1992 Mauritius became a republic. The presidency of the republic is a ceremonial office only; the president is appointed by the prime minister and the National Assembly, whose members are chosen via general elections. The prime minister is the leader of the majority in the National Assembly.

In the National Assembly, eight seats in addition to the sixty-two elected seats are awarded to candidates defeated in the general election: four to those candidates who fared the best in relation to the other defeated candidates, and four on a party and community basis. There has been discontent with this system, and a major reworking of the electoral process has been widely discussed.

Leadership and Political Officials. All of Mauritius's prime ministers have been Hindu. The first, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, led the independence movement in Mauritius.

Social Problems and Control. In February 2000 several days of rioting occurred in Port Louis. A popular creole singer, Kaya, died while in police custody. The creole community suspected the police of misconduct leading to his death and retaliated by protests that spiraled into rioting and violence. Four deaths and fifty million dollars of damage resulted. It was the worst social unrest in Mauritius's history.

Military Activity. The military has an annual budget of $11 million and thirteen hundred active personal. Most of these are trained for internal disputes. Combined with the coast guard they have five hundred boats and aircraft available worth an estimated $87 million.

Nongovernmental Organizations and Other Associations

The first study of nongovernmental organizations (NGO) in Mauritius focused on twenty-six groups as follows: eight, social; five, labor; five, business; four, religious; three, cultural; and one, environmental. Most of these groups have an influential impact on governmental policies.

Gender Roles and Statuses

Division of Labor by Gender. The economic success of industry has led to low unemployment rates. This has changed the workplace and home life as women joined the workforce. This industrialization also led to women being promoted faster. According to the Minister of Women, Family Welfare, and Child Development, a quarter of all managers are now women.

Women are the traditional homekeepers of the society. Between 1985 and 1991 the numbers of women working outside the home increased from 22 percent to 41 percent. With that trend continuing, hired housekeeping and child care have become relatively new and important industries.

The Relative Status of Women and Men. Historically, women have had subordinate roles in Maurition society. However, the Constitution specifically prohibits discrimination based on sex, and women now have access to education, employment, and governmental services.

In March 1998 the Domestic Violence Act was passed. This gave greater protection and legal authority to combat domestic abuse. In that same year it also became a crime to abandon one's family or pregnant spouse for more than two months, not to pay food support, or to engage in sexual harassment.

Women are underrepresented in the government. The National Assembly has seventy seats, of which women hold five.

The urban view over Port Louis. Mauritius has one of the highest population densities in the world.
The urban view over Port Louis. Mauritius has one of the highest population densities in the world.

Marriage, Family, and Kinship

Marriage. Most marriages in Mauritius occur within the same ethnic group; only about 8 percent of marriages are interethnic. Those couples who do intermarry usually take on a single ethnic identity for their children. Those children in turn usually associate with that ethnic group and marry within it.

Ethnic identification is considered to be more important than class and is the single most examined factor in selecting a mate; group and parental influences also are factors. Marriage outside ethnic lines risks the family's disapproval and sometimes can lead to punishment. This carries additional weight in Mauritius, where families typically live with each other because of high land costs.


Child Rearing and Education. Education is free from the primary to the tertiary level and is mandatory until age twelve. The government considers education one of its greatest concerns and has an "education for all" policy to ensure fair education to the different socioeconomic groups. Some schools in low-rent areas have large drop out rates, which particularly affects the Creole community. The greatest amount of interethnic mingling occurs in the schools, and this has the promise of leading to the formation of a national identity.

Higher Education. The University of Mauritius was established in 1971. The original focus was oriented toward agriculture and manufacturing. Since 1989 the university has increased its majors to include the humanities.


Most outsiders think of Mauritians as being aloof at first. Among themselves they are quite social and friendly, and this ultimately prevails with visitors and locals alike. Dress is culturally dependent but somewhat conservative. Lightweight and colored fabrics are usually worn. Attire among women can vary from one-piece bathing suits to complete covering, especially among Muslims. Toplessness and nudity are not condoned for either sex.


Religious Beliefs. Religious freedom is the major key to peace on Mauritius and is a constitutionally guaranteed right. Hindus make up 52 percent of the total population. Christians (28.3 percent), Muslims

Women stand in a narrow canal to wash and rinse clothes on the island of Mauritius. About 40 percent of Mauritian women work outside the home.
Women stand in a narrow canal to wash and rinse clothes on the island of Mauritius. About 40 percent of Mauritian women work outside the home.
(16.6 percent), and others (3.1 percent) follow them.

Medicine and Health Care

Public and private hospitals are on the island. The private hospitals are generally considered to be of better quality and are more expensive than the public hospitals. Both are adequate, if a little below Western standards.

Malaria is very rare and exists only in the rural areas. Hepatitis A is fairly common. The more severe hepatitis B and C are rare.

Men have an average life expectancy of sixty-six years; women, of seventy-five years.

Secular Celebrations

There are thirteen official state holidays. They are: New Year's Day (1 and 2 January); Chinese New Year (January/February); Thaipoosam Cavadee (January/February); Maha Shivaratree (February/March); Republic Day (12 March); Ougadi-Telegy New Year (March/April); Labor Day (1 May); Ind El Fitr (lunar); Ganesh Chaturthi (August/September); Diwali (October/November); All Saints (1 November) and Christmas (25 December).

The Arts and Humanities

Performance Arts. Popular music from the West and from India are widely listened to. The only original music and the national music is Sega, a tribal-based drumbeat based on African rhythms. It has a ritualistic dance that is often done in tandem. The women dance in sensual ways to lure partners, but they are not allowed to kiss or touch.

The State of the Physical and Social Sciences

The sciences have been neglected in Mauritius at different levels since its inception. The University of Mauritius is trying to focus more energy on research and science, and the government has obtained permission and funding for a new technological university.


Alladin, Ibrahim. Economic Miracle in the Indian Ocean: Can Mauritius Show the Way? , 1993.

Allen, Richard. Slaves, Freedman, and Indentured Laborers in Colonial Mauritius, 1999.

Carroll, Barbara, and Terrance Carroll. "Accommodating Ethnic Diversity in a Modernizing Democratic State: Theory and Practice in the Case of Mauritius." Ethnic and Racial Studies 23 (1): 120–142, 2000.

Nave, Ari. "Marriage and the Maintenance of Ethnic Groups Boundaries: The Case of Mauritius." Ethnic and Racial Studies 23 (2): 329–352, 2000.

Selvon, Sydney. Historical Dictionary of Mauritius , 1991.

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. 1999 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Mauritius, 2000.

Young, Crawford, ed. The Accommodation of Cultural Diversity, 1999.


Also read article about Mauritius from Wikipedia

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Jul 3, 2006 @ 6:06 am
i found your site it be a great help in me understanding the culture. my Son had the plaesure in visiting Mauritius 2 years ago to visit family and came back with a memory that will never be forgotten.
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Feb 13, 2007 @ 6:06 am
first will like to comment on the success of this great information on the country called mauritius.As for me it gives me and insight on the country but i will not mind if i can get more informations and if list some book for me on the influence of british colonisation on the culture of this country called mauritius.i have decided and picked interest to work on this topic for project in my school here france.
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Aug 21, 2007 @ 2:02 am
I felt your explanation is very informtive. Surely it will be useful. Always i dreamt about to make a tour to island. Now i have decided that will be Mauritius.... Thank you for the article.
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Sep 16, 2007 @ 9:09 am
Thank you for this website. It is very user-friendly and insighful. I shall send this to my North Indian boyfriend so he starts to understand Mauritius in its true value. Mauritius, Pearl of Indian Ocean... Mo manque mo zoli Morris.
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Sep 16, 2007 @ 9:09 am
Thank you for this website. It is very user-friendly and insighful. I shall send this to my North Indian boyfriend so he starts to understand Mauritius in its true value. Mauritius, Pearl of Indian Ocean... Mo manque mo zoli Morris.
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Feb 8, 2008 @ 7:19 pm
thank to this site..i found all the important information which i needed for my general paper :-D
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Mar 8, 2008 @ 10:10 am
Hi, the site is very interesting. The information will help me a lot for my general paper. Thanks :-)
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May 1, 2008 @ 12:12 pm
great site, very informative! very helpful in finding information for a school presentation!
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Mar 12, 2009 @ 4:16 pm
For those who have not been to Mauritius, make sure you visit at least once. I am a Mauritian now settled in Sacramento, CA; but sure enough I miss my island. There has been many changes from the time this article was published....
Island of Mauritius-There is no comparison!
Paul Comarmond
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Apr 14, 2009 @ 4:16 pm
Maurice de Nassau was the Stadtholder of Holland and Zeeland. He was not prince of Denmark
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Sep 16, 2009 @ 1:13 pm
the official language is English that's why all the administrative documents are processed in english. the press uses French language because creole language is derived from it therefore more accessible to the population, but however, english language still remains our official language:)
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Jan 30, 2010 @ 12:00 am
This is a wonderful source of information. I am planning to relocate and wasn't sure of any religious divide or tension on the island. I have finally made up my mind to relocate to the island after carefully looking at the information provided.
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Feb 3, 2010 @ 3:15 pm
Hi! Theses informatoon helped me a lot to know more about Mauritius in the ancient times. Thanks for that! Keep it up. Cheers ;-)
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May 4, 2010 @ 11:11 am
I find this site very useful. i forgot a bit about the geographical of mauritius.
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May 24, 2010 @ 1:01 am

I may be relocating there and found the information very helpful, thanks! :-)
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May 26, 2010 @ 10:10 am
Very interesting! It'll help me a lot for Sociology! Thanks a lot!
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May 30, 2010 @ 7:07 am
hiya thanks a lot as these notes are very helpful to me
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Jun 12, 2010 @ 12:12 pm
i really enjoyed their culture but i need to know their traditional dressing because i need it for this production i am doing and i need to dress like one of them
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Feb 20, 2011 @ 9:21 pm
@ kristine - maybe you should go for the traditional Sega dance costume :)
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Mar 18, 2011 @ 2:02 am
Hi, i am doing a dissertation on the cultural syncretism in Mauritius, can you of any help to me in order that is, in case of its practises here in the country.
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May 1, 2011 @ 4:04 am
you can include the tourist attractions in Mauritius
Mary Wood
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May 9, 2011 @ 9:21 pm
Nice site! This will be my second cultural anthropology term paper for which I've used your site; the first culture being Somalia and the second being Mauritius. Your info is well organized and without having to do too much searching, covers more than enough basics to get the creative juices flowing as to which aspects of the culture I'd like to investigate further.

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Sep 18, 2011 @ 10:10 am
We,Mauritians do share a common language , our linguafranka is the Mauritian Creole : )
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Sep 25, 2011 @ 3:03 am
Im half Mauritian half Australian, and i love Australia dont get me wrong. my Mauritian Father died when i was very young and his brothers and sisters never offerd 2 teach me the language or much about Mauritius and i spose it didnt really bother me till i turn arounD 18 and i started 2 feel like there was a bIG part of me missing... sights like these great.. and self taught french and creole classes cruisen along prty gwd a visit is on the cards next..
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Oct 18, 2011 @ 10:10 am
I just want to ask? what is the national clothes of this country Mauritius? How do people know that this men came from a beautiful island of Mauritius?
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Nov 2, 2011 @ 5:05 am
I was just wondering, what energy sources are used in Mauritius? This information would be a great help to me.
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Dec 14, 2011 @ 11:23 pm
How can i search for my ancestors in Mauritius and, how far can i go back in history.
senior L-K
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Dec 22, 2011 @ 12:00 am
Hello! I'd like to know if it is possible for me to study in mauricius? I want to continue my 3rd year at one university of mauricuis! my field of study is Business Administration! I want to get my bachelor degree there!
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Jan 17, 2012 @ 4:16 pm
This really helped me find out more about Mauritius. Thank You.
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Jan 20, 2012 @ 2:02 am
very good information, i have visited twice in your country,people are very good in nature i love your country.pls if u send me the e-mail add of mauritius tv channel,iam interested to produce a bhojpuri tv serial.thnx.
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Jan 23, 2012 @ 11:11 am
The fact of English not being the official language is true. English is not the legal official language of MAuritius. It is here defacto, a heritage of the British. But Mauritius is a pluri-lingual country, where people use Creole, English, French, Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, Arabic, Marathi, Telugu, Mandarin and so many other languages.
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Jan 26, 2012 @ 6:06 am
Reading all these comments consigning about mauritius really makes me to like this lsland country more.pls, can you give me details abt the country weather,the winter and summer is it be like of those european country and wish countries can you compares mauritius with...thanks.
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Feb 5, 2012 @ 7:07 am
@ senior L-K, yes it is possible to study at the University of Mauritius, check their website and try to contact a few people from the department by email. They actively encourage foreign students.
@ Clive depending on the country of origin of your ancestors there may be a lot of information available, especially at the MGI for information about Indian immigration.
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Mar 19, 2012 @ 10:10 am
hi, the information provided about beautiful culture of Mauritious is admirable, i like most.the psople are very nice,decent having rich musawar Hanbhi
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Apr 13, 2012 @ 1:01 am
good overview of our country!!
this little piece of work has helped me in a way or other in doing my assignment. i wud really be appreciated if the topic about 'how Indian immigrants were living their daily activities in Mauritius' be discuss on this forum.
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May 17, 2012 @ 10:22 pm
great informative site.. in few hours i'll be giving a heritage exam and this has help a lot..
thanks for sharing these information.
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Jul 4, 2012 @ 1:01 am
This site is wonderful and this will help me at school. Thanks!
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Aug 15, 2012 @ 10:10 am
This is well elaborated-such an eye-opener.What I find deplorable is the fact that the people are still tribalistic/racist among themselves in that they disapprove of marrying outside one's ethnic group. What I like most is their 'education for all' policy and the diverse cultures. I guess I should consider visiting the island some day' I must admit that I've fallen in love with Mauritius!!!
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Aug 26, 2012 @ 10:10 am
Interesting but still within the official discourse. More marriages with foreigners who live on the island have modified these parametres in the daily lived in life. A fluid identity is seemingly emerging...
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Nov 7, 2012 @ 1:01 am
Thank you all for the positive comments.Am proud to be MAURITIAN!!!
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Nov 17, 2012 @ 5:17 pm
First of all this information is really very useful specially for people like me who do not know much about the beautiful island country.

I am thinking to study Hospitality Management in Mauritius. But I am concerned about the validity and recognition of a degree from Mauritius in the outside world, and I don't really know which universities to look out for if I want to gain a bachelors degree in Hospitality Management. And how is the life of a Muslim individual in terms of halal food in the county. Some insight on this matter will be really helpful, Thank You. :)
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Mar 22, 2013 @ 1:01 am
Diptee is completely wrong. oue lingua franca is not Mauritian creole. Ther are two ligua franca: creola and Bhojpuri. Creole is from the slaves descendants and mostly spoken by them whereas Bhojpuri is spokn and understood by a large majority of Mauritians but some people including those of Indian origin who are shy of their origin due to having an inferiority complexe deny this truth. All the components of the Hindus (Hindi, Tamil, telegu, Marathi) as well as Muslims. some of the general population and also many chinese speak and understand Bhojpuri. Therefore two lingua franca for Mauritius; Creole and Bhojpuri. The official language is English but French is mostlt#y spoken as it was agreed between the English and French that the British will rule and the French will administrate. Therefore more French is spoken than English. However, discussions i meetings etc may be in French but the official minutes are in English. Hindi is also spoken and understood by a large majority of Mauritians Hindus, muslims, GP and Chinese.
Yvonne Alexis
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Mar 25, 2013 @ 12:12 pm
Hi, I'm writing a book on the life of my Mauritian grandfather, and would love to know what a typical Mauritian breakfast would consist of, can't find much detail on most sites.

thank you

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Mar 26, 2013 @ 1:01 am
I am conducting a research on Mauritian traditional dress. i would really appreciate any material you may have in terms of images, descriptions or writings.
thank you
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Apr 9, 2013 @ 12:12 pm
The site really helped me with my French paper. But I was told it was a francophone country. That was the only reason I picked the country for my paper. I thank you for making this page it was a big help.
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Jun 13, 2013 @ 6:06 am
I was searching informations on MRU sources of law when i fell on this site.

I am a Mauritian and reading this made me very proud :)
This really pictures Mauritius in its true sense.
Come and visit Mauritius, you'll not be disapointed!
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Jun 13, 2013 @ 11:11 am
hey... i am from India. i enjoyed reading on the site. now just cant stop me from visiting the country. I am sure i will visit in my next vacation.
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Jun 17, 2013 @ 4:04 am
this is so good for my homework who made it tell them i said thanks i was i really big help a really big help thanks again and pl tell him or her if u know them ok ok
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Aug 20, 2013 @ 5:05 am
Thank you,this imformation really helped me a lot,bcoz me and my partner will planning to go on febuary..thanks
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Sep 1, 2013 @ 2:14 pm
Hey, I live in England but my whole family are Mauritians and I hope to visit Mauritius next year : )
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Nov 23, 2013 @ 10:22 pm
Lots of information. My family comes from Mauritius
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Jul 3, 2014 @ 10:10 am
Really it was wonderful information site it may help A lot
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Aug 26, 2014 @ 3:03 am
Very good and helpful article and clarified a number of points for me.
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Nov 10, 2014 @ 12:12 pm
Thanks for the detailed information regarding the Mauritian people. I have had the pleasure to live near the Mauritian Islands for 1 year and met several Mauritian people. I found them to be extremely pleasant, helpful, knowledgeable and of course, beautiful. An experience this American will never forget!
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Nov 16, 2014 @ 5:05 am
The information about are indeed educative. What a beauty of nature. How I wish I have the opportunity to pay a visit to tap from this wanders of creation. Mauritians. Be proud of your location.
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Jan 21, 2015 @ 3:15 pm
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Jan 25, 2015 @ 10:22 pm
This site is educative and helful, as i travel to Mauritius, this will help me a lot. Glad to note all these things about a country i intend to visit in a couple of weeks
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Mar 21, 2015 @ 2:02 am
I am pleased to know about Mauritius and its culture and traditions. I am from India and wanna go and settle down in Mauritius. I love you Mauritius i am coming soon.
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Mar 26, 2015 @ 7:07 am
Hi! I'm 14 years old and I'm really amassed of this site because it really helped me in my project. I was scared of losing points, but that time I'm assume to pass! I'm also pleased to know more information about my island Mauritius and all type of traditions, foods, business and everything in Mauritius. I love it a lot! I thanked you a lot of all these details. Thanks!
Connie Tourneur
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Apr 7, 2015 @ 5:05 am
It would be great if it had some information on family search and how to find ancesters without having to actually go to Mauritius to get the information from the archieves. We should be able to access the archieves from any Country. Us Mauritians in Australia have a lot of problems trying to find out about our CREOLE relatives.
Randy Nundlall
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Aug 9, 2015 @ 12:12 pm
I left Mauritius when I was in my late teens. I went back the first time when I was already 47 yrs old and since then I return every year. I am still, at heart a (campagnard) I was born in Grand Gaube. The first time I went back, I was surprised to find that everybody, starting from the airport was speaking in French to me... I regret to note that the good old Bhojpuri (which I still can speak fluently but have nobody to communicate with here) is a moribund and when I speak it, I am regarded as quite exotic. I appeal to anybody reading this to revive it or at least help me to find a way to keep the spirit alive please. I fear one day, when I become senile, I will be only speaking in Bhojpuri and I will be locked away... :-(
Kamil Ruhomaully
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Sep 20, 2015 @ 8:20 pm
Very nice brief on Mauritius, some updates required. Some aspects may be reported or viewed differently.
I do not live there anymore I have been living in Canada for the last decade but I always tell people over here that Mauritius is a model in terms of development and tolerance (acceptance rather)
Responding to Nabeel's question on Halal food, you won't face any difficulties in Mauritius, and you will not only find masjid almost everywhere you can also hear the call to the prayers. I would say in spite of minor tensions, Mauritius is accepting to all religious denominations.
This one factor among other important ones has helped in shaping Mauritius as one of the most dynamic democracies in the world and not only Africa.
Charlotte Mahlatsi sondezi
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Sep 21, 2015 @ 2:02 am
We real appreciate such information , it real helpful cant wa I t to visit mauritius
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Sep 25, 2015 @ 10:10 am
I empathise with Connie Tourneur. People of Mauritian background here in Australia may experience difficulty obtaining records in relation to their African/European heritage from within Australia itself.
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Feb 4, 2016 @ 3:15 pm
Brilliant reading - very interesting!I am a mauritian, living in London, and have done so for most of my life. It's fascinating and a pleasure to read the lovely comments (history) about my little island in the sun, which I left in the late 60s. When I retire I will return to my homeland.As mauritians, we are blessed to have so many cultures, and the benefit of speaking English and French, gives ALL us a unique quality. I feel, if everyone could live like we do in Mauritius, the World be more peaceful - setting the standard for other countries to follow. Everyone should visit this paradise, to sample how different cultures and religious beliefs can live in harmony.
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May 16, 2016 @ 9:09 am
Proud to be a mauritian, even if I'm staying in US
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Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:02 am
It's my Dream to visit Tremendous Mauritiaus as an Ireland.l pray to socialise and meet good people so that l can visit the beautiful scenery.l wish to extend my academic knowledge of Teaching English to my dream Mauritiaus as the English speakers may be highly populated.GodBless Mauritiaus_GodBless Ghana.
zuber ali
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Nov 3, 2016 @ 8:08 am
I am pleased to know about Mauritius and its culture and traditions. I am from India and wanna go and settle down in Mauritius. I love you Mauritius i am coming soon.
zuber ali
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Nov 3, 2016 @ 9:09 am
I am pleased to know about Mauritius and its culture and traditions. I am from India and wanna go and settle down in Mauritius. I love you Mauritius i am coming soon.
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Mar 1, 2017 @ 10:10 am
very interesting it helped me a lot in social studies

thanks a lot. : )
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Aug 16, 2017 @ 7:19 pm
Thanks, it helped me a lot for my Mauritius project at school.
Oswald Tony Lum You
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Sep 6, 2017 @ 10:22 pm
I've always wanted to know about Mauritius and this website has serve me well. Will visit soon
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Oct 1, 2017 @ 2:02 am
I do like this cosmopolitan society called Mauritius. How about residential permit.
Ulu Nnadozie Johnson
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Oct 4, 2017 @ 2:02 am
Am so much glad on this information, it help me to know more about Mauritius because I want to visit this country.
Isaac k Sehkar
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Oct 23, 2017 @ 1:01 am
Thanks so much cuz it help me to know more about the country
Foreign Love Web
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Aug 12, 2018 @ 2:14 pm
I have enjoyed reading this.

In my blog, I want my readers/viewers to know about this secret African country (Mauritius) and its diverse and beautiful women.
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Sep 2, 2018 @ 2:14 pm
I would like to retire in Mauritius is it possible
Hilary kelechi uzoh
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Jan 10, 2019 @ 4:04 am
wow!!! what a culture hidden in Africa. The informations on this site is getting tempted on pushing my fashion ideas to this beautifully describe island. Guess I need make a routine for 2019 right away, I hope the hotels aren't that expensive... How do I get a visa please. Thank you.
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Feb 24, 2020 @ 12:00 am
Have been in Australia for 47 years..still mauritian and daughter was born here and my grandson told me that he was very proud to be a greek mauritian australian and that he has to eat chilli as he is mauritian
Dickson Anderson
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Jul 5, 2020 @ 2:14 pm
What a lovely country. My question is, can a foreigner be allowed to establish a church and a business in Maurittuis ? Are they hostile to foreigners? Thanks.
Ben O
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Jul 12, 2020 @ 4:04 am
I love what am reading, Mauritius is quite beautiful, how can I get a friend there...!
I believe it will be awesomee visiting!

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