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Official name: Union of the Comoros

Capital city: Moroni

Internet country code: .km

Flag description: Four equal horizontal bands of yellow (top), white, red, and blue with a green isosceles triangle based on the hoist; centered within the triangle is a white crescent with the convex side facing the hoist and four white, five-pointed stars placed vertically in a line between the points of the crescent; the horizontal bands and the four stars represent the four main islands of the archipelago - Mwali, Njazidja, Nzwani, and Mahore (Mayotte - territorial collectivity of France, but claimed by Comoros); the crescent, stars, and color green are tradi­tional symbols of Islam

National anthem: “Udzima Wamasiwa” (Union des Óles), lyrics by Said Hachim Sidi Abderemane, music by Kamil­dine Abdallah et Said Hachim Sidi Abderemane

Geographical description: Southern Africa, group of islands at the northern mouth of the Mozambique Chan­nel, about two-thirds of the way between northern Mada­gascar and northern Mozambique

Total area: 838 sq. mi. (2,171 sq. km.)

Climate: Tropical marine; rainy season (November to May)

Nationality: noun: Comoran(s); adjective: Comoran

Population: 711,417 (July 2007 CIA est.)

Ethnic groups: Antalote, Cafre, Makoa, Oimatsaha, Sakalava

Languages spoken: Arabic (official), French (official), Shikomoro (a blend of Swahili and Arabic)

Religions: Sunni Muslim 98%, Roman Catholic 2%

Legal Holidays:

Cheikh Al Maarouf DayMar 18
Independence DayJul 6
Journee Nationale MaoreNov 12
Labor DayMay 1
New Year's DayJan 1
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Comorians generally have never accepted that Mayotte is part of France and consider the island as part of the Union of Comoros, which is composed of the islands of Anjouan, Moheli and Grand Comore (also known as Ngazidja).
Les mouches des fruits a la republique federale islamique des Comores.
Because of low meat production (only 20,000 head of local cattle), a large number of live ruminants enter Grande Comore from Anjouan and Moheli, the other 2 islands of the Republic, from Madagascar and Tanzania without quarantine or any other preliminary veterinary control.
The rules governing the use of chemicals are very strict in the Comores because they are islands and disposing of waste is difficult.
Presque un an apres son adoption, seuls trois etats membres de l'UA ont signe et ratifie le Protocole, il s'agit des Comores, de la Libye et du Rwanda.
Dans ce domaine, les programmes pilotes (FAQ 1985 ; PNUD 1985) ont ete conduits l'Ile Maurice, puis appliques au Comores en 1987, Ia Reunion en 1988 et enfin a Madagascar en 1989.
It was netted, killed and injected with preservative formalin by its gleeful captor, one Captain Eric Hunt, a wanderlusting native of East Sheen, who, with his small schooner, fished and traded between Africa and the Comores.
The island of Comores in the Indian Ocean - "Landing three days after a military coup, escorted by armed guard to the hotel, and swimming with machine gun-toting lifeguards didn't convince me this was a paradise I wanted to be in.
n A three-night stay in Dubai can also be combined with seven nights in the lesser-known Comores.
If it's barefoot luxury you are looking for, where the island's beauty is natural rather than man-made, opt for the Seychelles, the Comores or the Maldives.
It is a market-leading provider of travel services in eight territories in the region: South Africa, Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, Comores, Mayotte, Mozambique and Kenya.
Le Maroc devra y etre en compagnie des grands du Continent, tels les cinq Mondialistes du Bresil 2014 a savoir : le Nigeria qui va rencontre le Swaziland, la Cote d'Ivoire face au Liberia, le Cameroun contre le Niger, le Ghana contre les Comores et l'Algerie contre la Tanzanie.