Top Ten Comoran Attractions

Top Ten Comoran Attractions

       The Comoros is an archipelago island nation in the Indian Ocean, located off the eastern coast of Africa, on the northern end of the Mozambique Channel, between northeastern Mozambique and northwestern Madagascar. Other countries near to the Comoros are Tanzania to the northwest and the Seychelles to the northeast. The capital is Moronion Grande Comore. At 1,862 square km (719 square mi) (excluding Mayotte), the Comoros is the 3rd smallest African nation by area. With a population estimated at 798,000 (excluding Mayotte), it is the 6th smallest African nation by population, although it has one of the highest population densities in Africa. Its name derives from the Arabic word qamar meaning “moon.” The archipelago is notable for its diverse culture and history, as a nation formed at the crossroads of many civilizations. It is the southernmost member state of the Arab League. Though in the contested island of Mayotte the sole official language is French, the “Union of the Comoros” has three official languages: Comorian, Arabic and French. The country officially consists of the four islands in the volcanic Comoros archipelago: northwestern most Grande Comore or Ngazidja, Mohéli or Mwali, Anjouan or Nzwani, and southeastern most Mayotte or Maore, as well as many smaller islands. However, the government of the Comoros (or its predecessors, since independence) has never administered the island of Mayotte, which France administers as an overseas department. Mayotte was the only island in the archipelago that voted against independence from France in 1974; the latter has vetoed United Nations Security Council resolutions that would affirm Comorian sovereignty over the island. In addition, a March 29, 2009 referendum on Mayotte’s becoming an overseas department of France in 2011 was passed overwhelmingly by the people of Mayotte. The Comoros is the only state to be a member of all of the following: African Union, Francophonie, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Arab League and Indian Ocean Commission. The country has had a history marked by numerous coups d’état since independence in 1975. As of 2008 about half the population lives below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day.

  1. Mayotte



    Mayotte is an overseas department and region of France consisting of a main island, Grande-Terre (or Mahoré), a smaller island, Petite-Terre (or Pamanzi), and several islets around these two. The archipelago is located in the northern Mozambique Channel in the Indian Ocean, namely between northwestern Madagascar and northeastern Mozambique. Mayotte is 374 square km  (144 sq mi) and with its estimated 194,000 people is very densely populated (520/square km or 1,300 square mi). Its biggest city and prefecture is Mamoudzou. The territory is geographically part of the Comoro Islands, but has been politically separate since a 1974 referendum in which it elected to remain under French rule. The territory is also known as Mahoré, the native name of its main island, especially by advocates of its inclusion in the Union of Comoros. In a 2009 referendum, the population overwhelmingly approved accession to status of department (95.2% of favorable votes). On March 31, 2011, Mayotte became an overseas department.
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  2. Grande Comore



    Grande Comore, officially known as Ngazidja, is an island in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa. It is the largest island in the Comoros nation. Most of its population is of the Comorian ethnic group. Its population as of 2006 is about 316,600. The island’s capital is Moroni, which is also the national capital. The island is made up of two shield volcanoes, with Mount Karthala being the country’s highest point at 2,361 m (7,746 ft) above sea level. According to the 2009 revision of the constitution of 2002, it is governed by an elected Governor, as are the other islands, with the federal government being much reduced in power.
    Links: Top Ten Volcanoes, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grande_Comore,
  3. Mohéli


    Mohéli, also known as Mwali, is one of the three islands which make up the nation of Comoros. Mohéli is located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa. It is by far the smallest of the Comoros islands. Its population, as of 2006, is about 38,000. Its capital city is Fomboni. Its main ethnic group, as on the other Comoros islands Grande Comore and Anjouan as well as the French territory Mayotte, is the Comorian ethnic group, a synthesis of Bantu, Arab, Malay and Malagasy culture, and the main religion is Sunni Islam.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moh%C3%A9li,
  4. Anjouan

    Anjouan, also known as Ndzuwani or Nzwani, is an autonomous island in the Indian Ocean, which is part of the Union of Comoros. Its capital is Mutsamudu and its population is about 277,500 (2006). The total area of the island is 424 square km (163 sq. mi.).
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anjouan,
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