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Union of the Comoros

  • الاتحاد القمري  (Arabic)
  • al-Ittiḥād al-Qumurī/Qamarī
  • Union des Comores  (French)
  • Umoja wa Komori  (Ngazidja Comorian)
Seal of Comoros
Seal
Motto: 
  • وحدة، تضامن، تنمية (Arabic)
  • "Unité – Solidarité – Développement" (French)
  • "Unity – Solidarity – Development"
Anthem: Udzima wa ya Masiwa  (Comorian)
(English: "The Unity of the Great Islands")
Location of the  Comoros  (dark blue)– in Africa  (light blue & dark grey)– in the African Union  (light blue)
Location of the  Comoros  (dark blue)

– in Africa  (light blue & dark grey)
– in the African Union  (light blue)

Location of Comoros
Capital
and largest city
Moroni
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Official languages
Ethnic groups
  • Afro-Arab 86%
  • Malagasy 14%
Religion
Sunni Islam
Demonym(s) Comorian
Government Federal presidential republic
Azali Assoumani
• President of the Assembly
Abdou Ousseni
Legislature Assembly of the Union
Formation
• Discovery by Portuguese explorers
1503
• Ngazidja, Ndzuwani, Mwali under French rule
1886
• Protectorate of the Comoros
6 September 1887
• Territory under French Madagascar
9 April 1908
• Overseas territory
27 October 1946
• State of Comoros
22 December 1961
• Independence from France
6 July 1975
• Federal and Islamic Republic of Comoros
24 May 1978
• Union of the Comoros
23 December 2001
• Current constitution
17 May 2009
Area
• Total
1,659 km2 (641 sq mi) (171tha)
• Water (%)
negligible
Population
• 2018 estimate
850,688 (160th)
• Density
457/km2 (1,183.6/sq mi) (27th)
GDP (PPP) 2019 estimate
• Total
$2.446 billion (178th)
• Per capita
$2,799 (177th)
GDP (nominal) 2019 estimate
• Total
$1.179 billion (182nd)
• Per capita
$1,349 (165th)
Gini (2013)  45.0
medium · 141st
HDI (2018) Increase 0.538
low · 156th
Currency Comorian franc (KMF)
Time zone UTC+3 (EAT)
Driving side right
Calling code +269
ISO 3166 code KM
Internet TLD .km
  1. Excluding Mayotte, an overseas department of France.
  2. Excluding Mayotte.

Comoros (officially called Union of the Comoros) is a small island nation in the Indian Ocean. It is between Madagascar and mainland Africa. The capital is Moroni on Grande Comore. The population (except for Mayotte) is about 798,000 people.

The Comoros Islands are in the Indian Ocean, between Mozambique and Madagascar. It is the southernmost member state of the Arab League.

There are 4 islands from west to east: Grande Cormore, Moheli, Anjouan and Mayotte. All the islands are of volcanic origin.

Mayotte is French overseas territory. The other islands form the independent state of Comoros.

The country has a history with many coup d'état since independence in 1975. As of 2008, about half the people live below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day.

Mount Karthala is the country's highest point. Karthala is an active shield volcano on Grand Cormore. It had a minor eruption in May 2006.

Geography

The Comoros is formed by Ngazidja (Grande Comore), Mwali (Mohéli) and Nzwani (Anjouan), the three major islands in the Comoros Archipelago. There are also many minor islets. The islands are officially known by their Comorian language names. International sources still use their French names (given in parentheses above). The capital and largest city is Moroni on Ngazidja.

At 2,034 km2 (785 sq mi), it is one of the smallest countries in the world. The interiors of the islands vary from steep mountains to low hills.

Climate

The climate is generally tropical and mild. The rainy season runs from December to April. It is called kashkazi/kaskazi, meaning north monsoon. The cool, dry season is from May to November. It is called kusi, meaning south monsoon.

The temperature reaches an average of 29–30 °C (84–86 °F) in March, the hottest month. The average low is 19 °C (66 °F) in the dry season. The islands are rarely subject to cyclones.

The islands have their own ecoregion, the Comoros forests.

Government

The President of the Comoros is both head of state and head of government. The constitution was adopted on 23 December 2001. It was last amended in May 2009.

In November 1975, the Comoros became the 143rd member of the United Nations. The citizens of Mayotte chose to become French citizens and keep their island as a French territory.

There is a small standing army. This includes a 500-member police force and a 500-member defense force. A treaty with France provides navy protection for territorial waters.

Cities

Moroni-Harbour
Moroni Harbour

Anjouan

  • Adda-Douéni
  • Bambao
  • Bazimini
  • Domoni
  • Jimilimé
  • Koni-Djodjo
  • Mirontsi
  • Moya
  • Mramani
  • Mutsamudu (Island capital)
  • Ongoujou
  • Ouani
  • Pomoni
  • Sima
  • Tsimbeo

Grande Comore

  • Chezani
  • Dembéni
  • Foumbouni
  • Hahaia
  • Iconi
  • Itsikoudi
  • Koimbani
  • Mbéni
  • Mitsamiouli
  • Mitsoudjé
  • Mohoro
  • Moroni (National and Island capital)
  • Mvouni
  • N'Tsaoueni
  • N'Tsoudjini
  • Nkourani
  • Pidjani
  • Séléa
  • Tsidjé

Mohéli

  • Bandaressalam
  • Djoiezi
  • Fomboni (Island capital)
  • Hoani
  • Kangani
  • Mbatsé
  • Miringoni
  • Mtakoudja
  • Ndrondroni
  • Nioumachoua
  • Ouallah
  • Sambia
  • Wanani
  • Ziroudani

Economy

The Comoros is one of the world's poorest countries. Agriculture is the leading sector of the economy. Agriculture includes fishing, hunting, and forestry.

The Comoros is the world's largest producer of ylang-ylang. It is a large producer of vanilla.

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