Africa

Comoros profile

  • 21 May 2013
  • From the section Africa
Young Comoran boys fish using lines on the water's edge at Moroni island
The Comoros islands have few natural resources and its people are heavily dependent on foreign aid
  • Full name: The Union of the Comoros
  • Population: 773,000 (UN, 2012)
  • Capital: Moroni
  • Area: 1,862 sq km (719 sq miles)
  • Major languages: Arabic, French, Comoran (a blend of Swahili and Arabic)
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Life expectancy: 60 years (men), 63 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 Comoran franc = 100 centimes
  • Main exports: Vanilla, cloves, perfume oil, copra
  • GNI per capita: US $770 (World Bank, 2011)
  • Internet domain: .km
  • International dialling code: +269