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Total area: 838 sq mi (2,170 sq km)
Population (2014 est.): 766,865 (growth rate: 1.87%); birth rate: 29.0549/1000; infant mortality rate: 65.31/1000; life expectancy: 63.48
Capital and largest city (2011 est.): Moroni (on Grande Comoro), 54,000
Monetary unit: Franc
National Name: Union des Comores
Languages: Arabic and French (both official), Shikomoro (Swahili/Arabic blend)
Ethnicity/race: Antalote, Cafre, Makoa, Oimatsaha, Sakalava
National Holiday: Independence Day, July 6
Religions: Sunni Muslim 98%, Roman Catholic 2%
Literacy rate: 75.5% (2011 est.)
The Comoros consists of the four main islands: Ngazidja (French: Grande Comore), Mwali (French: Mohéli), Nzwani (French: Anjouan) and Maore (French: Mayotte), the contested island of Mayotte is administered by France. Nearest Countries to the Comoros are Mozambique, Tanzania, Madagascar, and the Seychelles.
The combined area of the volcanic archipelago (including Mayotte) is 2,235 km², compared, the island nation is slightly smaller than Luxembourg or also slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Rhode Island.
Comoros has a population of 770,000 (2015). Capital and largest city is Moroni on Grande Comore.
Spoken languages are Comorian (Comorian Swahili, a Bantu language), French, and Arabic. Islam is the official state religion, 98% of the population are Sunni Muslims.
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