- Moroni; 53,000
- 1,862 square kilometers (719 square miles)
- Arabic, French, Shikomoro
- Sunni Muslim, Roman Catholic
- Comoran franc
- Life Expectancy:
- GDP per Capita:
- U.S. $700
- Literacy Percent:
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The Comoros are a group of volcanic islands in the Mozambique Channel between northern Madagascar and Africa. The people share African-Arab origins. In 1975 three of the so-called perfume islands voted for independence from France; the fourth, Mayotte, elected to remain a dependency. Some 18 coups, or attempted coups, since independence have created great instability. In 1997 the islands of Anjouan and Mohéli declared independence, but a new federal constitution in 2001 brought the islands back together. Most inhabitants make their living from subsistence agriculture or fishing; exports include vanilla and essences used in the manufacture of perfumes.
- Industry: Tourism, perfume distillation
- Agriculture: Vanilla, cloves, perfume essences, copra
- Exports: Vanilla, ylangylang, cloves, perfume oil, copra
—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition
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