Overseas Department and Region of Mayotte is an overseas department of France located off the African Continent in the
Southern Indian Ocean with a population of 252 425, making it the 186th largest national population. Its capital and largest
city is Mamoudzou with a total metro population of 53,022. The country encompasses 374 square kilometers making it the
185th largest country in total area. It shares boundaries with the Mozambique Channel and the Indian Ocean.
President of France Francois Hollande is recognized as the Chief of State and achieves that status through popular vote
and holds that position for five years. He is represented by Prefect Thomas Degos. President of the General Council Daniel
Zaïdani is recognized as the Head of Government and achieves that status by majority vote. Its form of government is an
overseas department and region of France and they celebrate the creation of their constitution on 4th of October 1958
The languages commonly or officially spoken are French and Mahorian (a Swahili dialect). It counts among its major
religions Muslim and Roman Catholic. As sources of mass communication it has 1 AM, 4 FM and 3 Television stations.
Major geographical features are Benara, its highest point at 660 meters and Indian Ocean, its lowest point at 0 meters. Its
principal waterways are the Mozambique Channel and the Indian Ocean, which measures 185 kilometers of coastline.
Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are livestock raising, lobster and shrimp
fishing, construction and farming. Its official currency is the Euro.
Here’s something you may not know about Mayotte. As traditional and Islamic law have been in effect for Mayotte, the
nation had to agree to adopt secular French law as a condition of receiving overseas regional and departmental status.
|Coral reefs ring the
Mayotte island chain
|Nyama- a traditional
Mayotte dish of goat
|Baie d'Acoua on
island Grand Terre on
|Mont Benara- Mayotte's
highest point on
the easternmost island
|Lemurs are prolific on
Mayotte's Ilot Mbouzi
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|Adult Prevalence Rate:
People Living with HIV/AIDS:
|Pointe Maoussi et
Sazile on Ilot Mbouini-
the southernmost point
|Recife du Nord- the
northern section of
reef which surrounds
|Mayotte women in
|Pointe Mahore on Baie
de Boueni on
capital and largest city
and northernmost point