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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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The Comorian official also hailed the deep and excellent relations between the two countries, expressing gratitude for Morocco's "ongoing support" to the Comoros Islands in the fields of health, education and training.
Al-Qirbi conveyed the greetings of President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi to Dhoinine and the best wishes to the government and people of the Comoros.
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At the meeting of the board of directors of Exim Bank Comoros last week that reviewed the progress of the bank in that Island country, it was decided to open two additional branches at new locations.
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