Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Reunion

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Reunion
AREA
2512 sq km (968 sq miles).
POPULATION
697,600 (1998).
POPULATION DENSITY
269.3 per sq km.
CAPITAL
Saint-Denis.
CAPITAL POPULATION
121,999 (1990).
GEOGRAPHY
RĂ©union lies 760km (407 miles) east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Running diagonally across the island is a chain of volcanic peaks, separating a green humid eastern zone (Le Vent) from a dry, sheltered south and west (Sous le Vent). The majority of the population lives along the coast. Sugar cane production accounts for over half the arable land in a country where many basic foodstuffs are imported.
GOVERNMENT
RĂ©union is an Overseas Department of France and as such is an integral part of the French Republic. Head of State: President Jacques Chirac since 1995, represented locally by Prefect Robert Pommies since 1996. Head of Government: Christophe Payet, President of the General Council since 1994.
LANGUAGE
French is the official language. Local Creole patois is also spoken.
RELIGION
The majority of the population is Roman Catholic with a Muslim minority.
STANDARD TIME
GMT + 4.
ELECTRICITY
220 volts AC, 50Hz.

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