Mauritius is a fascinating island of 2,040 km2. Its very name of conjures up images of tropical luxury. Famed for its cobalt-blue seas, white sandy beaches and luxury hotels, the island has a lot more to offer. It is loaded with historic sights, cultural diversity, geographic variation and almost limitless activities to distract every visitor from the daily grind of beach and pool. But perhaps its single biggest asset is the relaxed charm of its warm and welcoming people.
Mauritius is home to some 1.26 million inhabitants according to the latest 2014 estimate. It is a multi-ethnic society, the ancestors of the Mauritian population being mainly of Indian, African, French and Chinese origin. English is the officila language but most Mauritians are equally fluent in English and French while Creole is spoken by the majority of the population.
Since independence in 1968, Mauritius has developed from a low-income, agriculture-based economy to a middle-income diversified economy. The economy is based on tourism, textiles, sugar, and financial services. In recent years, information and communication technology, seafood, hospitality and property development, healthcare, renewable energy, and education and training have emerged as important sectors, attracting substantial investment from both local and foreign investors.
In addition to its favourable climate, Mauritius enjoys political stability and is one of the safest places to live and work, with a low criminality rate. The country has a developed healthcare system delivered both by the public and private sectors and is free from communicable diseases affecting other subtropical countries. The island enjoys marginal time difference with major Western, African and Asian cities.
Furthermore, Mauritius has a well-developed road network and high international connectivity with flight routes to at least thirty destinations.