The local climate is
tropical, modified by southeast trade winds; there is a warm, dry winter
from May to November and a hot, wet, and humid summer from November to
May. Anti-cyclones affect the country during May to September. Cyclones
affect the country during November April. Hollanda (1994) and Dina
(2002) were the worst two last cyclones to have affected the island.
The Mauritian Constitution
makes no mention of an official language and its one million citizens
speak mostly Mauritian Creole, a French-based creole, English and
French. It is only in the Parliament that the official language is
English, although any member of the National Assembly can still address
the chair in French.
Mauritius currency is known as Mauritian Rupee. It is divided into 100
cents. The symbol for the currency of Mauritius is Rp. It is abbreviated
estimated population of Mauritius in July 1993 was 1, 106, 516 with a
population growth rate of 0.95 percent for 1993. According to the 1990
census the population was 1, 065, 988, of whom 34, 292 lived on
Rodrigues and 170 on outer islands.
Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius. It is the largest city of the
country and main port, which borders the Indian Ocean. It is located in
the Port Louis District. The population is 147, 688 (2003 census).