Rodrigues

Rodrigues (French: Île Rodrigues [il ʁɔdʁiɡ]; Creole: Rodrig) is a 108 km2 (42 sq mi) autonomous outer island of the Republic of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, about 560 km (350 mi) east of Mauritius.[1] It is part of the Mascarene Islands, which include Mauritius and Réunion. Rodrigues is of volcanic origin and is surrounded by coral reef, and some tiny uninhabited islands lie just off its coast. The island used to be the tenth District of Mauritius; it gained autonomous status on 10 December 2002, and it is governed by the Rodrigues Regional Assembly. The capital of the island is Port Mathurin.

Rodrigues
Rodrig  (Morisyen)
Autonomous outer island
Motto(s): 
"Travail, Solidarité, Fierté" (French)
"Labour, Solidarity, Pride"
Anthem: Motherland
Location of Rodrigues in the Indian Ocean.
Coordinates: 19°43′S 63°25′E
Country Mauritius
CapitalPort Mathurin
Government
  BodyRegional Assembly
  Chief CommissionerSerge Clair
  Chief ExecutiveDavis Hee Hong Wye
  Minister for RodriguesPravind Jugnauth
Area
  Total108 km2 (42 sq mi)
Population
 (2014)[note 1]
  Total41,669
  Estimate 
(2013)
38,379[2]
  Density386/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Rodriguan
Languages
  Vernacular languages
Time zoneUTC+4 (MUT)
Calling code+230
CurrencyMauritian rupee (MUR)
Date formatdd/mm/yyyy (AD)
Drives onleft
Internet TLD.mu

Its inhabitants are Mauritian citizens. As of 2014, the island's population was about 41,669, according to Statistics Mauritius.[4] Most of the inhabitants are of African descent. Its economy is based mainly on fishing, farming, handicraft and a developing tourism sector.[5]

The island (together with Agaléga and Saint Brandon) forms part of the larger territory of the Republic of Mauritius with the President as head of state and the Chief Commissioner as head of government.


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