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Comoros – Country Information

Population:
Comoros has a population 846, 281 as of 2020.

Size:
2,171 sq km / 863 sq mi (a little more than half the size of Rhode Island)

Capital City:
Moroni is the Capital City of Comoros located on island of Grande Comore.

Ethnic Groups:
Antalote
Cafre
Mokoa
Oimatsaha
Sakalava

These Ethnic groups have  diverse origins such as Malay, Arab, Persian, African, and Malagasy. As people have intermarried and lines blurred between ethnic groups some classify all the groups as Comoran Ethnicity. 

Religion:
98% Sunni Islam (state religion.)
2% Christian

Languages:
Arabic
French
Shikomoro

Shikomoro is a blend a blend of Swahili and Arabic, also know as Comoran.  

Geography:
Comoros is archipelago located in-between northern Madagascar and northern Mozambique in the mouth of the Mozambique Channel. As result of the volcanic activity coral reefs surround the island and are some of the best diving areas in the world.

Economy:
Comoros is one of the poorest countries in the world. Its economy is based on subsistence agriculture of cassava, sweet potatoes, bananas, and mountain rice as well as fishing. Unemployment is a huge problem in Comoros, as a result many of its young people are choosing to seeking education and work in France.

Interesting Fact:
The volcanic Comoros islands are an archipelago and are called the “perfumed islands” for their fragrant plant life.

Important Facts:
Comoros is made up of four islands, all of the islands were colonized by France. Three of the island gained their independence in 1975, with the island of Mayotte voting to remain a province of France.

Click on the map above to see additional information concerning this country from nationsonline.org.
>> Africa Region
>> East Africa Subregion
>> Comoros
 
Population numbers: 734,917
How many square miles: 785 square miles
Geography fast facts (uniqueness)
  • Based on the area that Comoros has, it takes the third smallest nation in Africa.
  • In 19th century, Comoros was a part of French colony. In 1975, the nation got its independence. There are various coups d’état which occurred in Comoros since its independence.
  • There are three official languages spoken by the people who live in Comoro. They speak Arabic, Comoros and French.
  • Comoros is an archipelago. It means that this nation contains a lot of islands. But it has the four major islands. Those are Maore, Anjouan, Mohéli and Comore.
  • Poverty has been one of the major issues in Comoros. More than 50 percent of the people who lived in Comoros as of 2008 were in the poverty line. They only made $1.25 per day.
  • The economic growth of Comoros is very slow. It is considered as one of the poorest countries in the world. The unemployment rate of Comoros is 14.3 percent. It is considered as a high rate.
  • The leading sectors in Comoros include forestry, hunting, fishing and other agriculture sectors. 
Capital City: Moroni is the largest city, federal capital and seat of the government of the Union of the Comoros, a sovereign archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean.
Religion: The December 2001 Constitution of Comoros does provide for this freedom, however, and also makes Islam the state religion. The government tends to discourage the practice of other faiths. The practice of Christianity is particularly restricted. There are two Roman Catholic churches and one Protestant church.
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