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Country name conventional long form: Territorial Collectivity of Mayotte
conventional short form: Mayotte
Gevernment typeNA
Capital name: Mamoudzou
geographic coordinates: 12 47 S, 45 14 E
time difference: UTC+3 (8 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Flag descriptionunofficial, local flag with the coat of arms of Mayotte centered on a white field, above which the name of the island appears in red capital letters; the main elements of the coat of arms, flanked on either side by a seahorse, appear above a scroll with the motto RA HACHIRI (We are Vigilant); the only official flag is the national flag of France
Currencyeuro (EUR)
Internet country
Ports and terminalsDzaoudzi
Agriculture productsvanilla, ylang-ylang (perfume essence), coffee, copra
Industriesnewly created lobster and shrimp industry, construction
LocationSouthern Africa, island in the Mozambique Channel, about one-half of the way from northern Madagascar to northern Mozambique
Coordinates12 50 S, 45 10 E
Area total: 374 sq km
land: 374 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Boundaries0 km
Coastline185.2 km
Climatetropical; marine; hot, humid, rainy season during northeastern monsoon (November to May); dry season is cooler (May to November)
Terraingenerally undulating, with deep ravines and ancient volcanic peaks
Natural resourcesNEGL
Natural hazardscyclones during rainy season
Population201,234 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsNA
ReligionsMuslim 97%, Christian (mostly Roman Catholic)
LanguagesMahorian (a Swahili dialect), French (official language) spoken by 35% of the population

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