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Mauritius, Population

The population of Mauritius (2002 estimate) is 1,200,206. The overall population density of 588 persons per sq km (1,524 per sq mi) is one of the highest in the world for countries. Port Louis, the capital and largest city, has a population (1998 estimate) of 147,131. More than two-thirds of the people are Indian immigrants and their descendants. People of mixed African and European descent, known as Creoles, constitute about a quarter of the total. Chinese and European minorities also exist. The majority of the Indo-Mauritians are Hindus; the rest are Muslims. Most Creoles are Roman Catholics. English is the official language, but Creole, a French patois, is commonly spoken. Other common languages are French, Hindi, and Bhojpuri.

 
 

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