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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
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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(2005) 'Tariqa, Etat et enseignement islamique aux Comores. Reseaux d'hier et d'aujourd'hui' in M.
Dr Said Hassani Mohammed, who resides in Mbachile in Grande Comores and who is a senior lecturer at Comoros University says that wide ranging reforms, all undertaken after 2011, are the driver of the change in Comoros.
"L'Union des Comores a constamment soutenu la position du Maroc vis-a-vis du dossier du Sahara et continuera d'apporter son soutien au Royaume dans la defense de son integrite territoriale au sein des instances regionales et internationales", a-t-il declare a la MAP a l'issue de son entretien avec le secretaire general du ministere des Affaires etrangeres et de la Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.
Kassim and Soilihi (2000) note the presence of the fly in "Union des Comores", but provide no additional details.
Cattle are socially important in Republic of Comoros because massive slaughtering occurs during traditional wedding ceremonies known as "Grands Mariages," especially on the main island, Grande Comore. 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 Comoros covers three small volcanic islands, Grande Comore, Anjouan and Moheli, in the Mozambique channel, 300 km (190 miles) northwest of Madagascar and a similar distance east of the African mainland.
The 2002 Constitution reincorporates Ndzuwani (Anjouan), Ngazidja (Grand Comore), and Moheli into a new federation that grants the islands greater autonomy.
'The rules governing the use of chemicals are very strict in the Comores because they are islands and disposing of waste is difficult.
IBL represents a large number of international shipping companies and is physically present and substantially involved in hotel investment and tourism in Mauritius, the Seychelles, the Comores, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia.
Part 4, "National Reports," contains: "Burundi" [written in French]; "Comores" [written in French]; "Republique Democratique du Congo" [written in French]; "Eritrea" (Tefsamicael Gerahtu); "Ethiopia" (Dereje Terefe Gemechu); "Kenya" (J.
The agreement will enable Insignia to extend its representation throughout South and Sub-Saharan Africa, including the Indian Ocean Islands of Madagascar, Seychelles, Mauritius and Comores.