Mauritius

Mauritius : economy statistics and industry reports

  • Updated on : 27 August 2012  Source : The World Factbook

Imports

$5.159 billion (2011 est.)
$4.157 billion (2010 est.)

Exports

$2.645 billion (2011 est.)
$2.262 billion (2010 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

6.5% (2011 est.)
2.9% (2010 est.)

Unemployment rate

7.8% (2011 est.)
7.8% (2010 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP)

$15,100 (2011 est.)
$14,600 (2010 est.)
$14,100 (2009 est.)
note: data are in 2011 US dollars

National product real growth rate

3.6% (2010 est.)
3.1% (2009 est.)
5.1% (2008 est.)

Internet users

290,000 (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular

1.191 million (2009)

Population growth rate

0.705% (2012 est.)

Population

1,313,095 (July 2012 est.)

Historical background

Although known to Arab and Malay sailors as early as the 10th century, Mauritius was first explored by the Portuguese in the 16th century and subsequently settled by the Dutch - who named it in honor of Prince Maurits van NASSAU - in the 17th century.

The French assumed control in 1715, developing the island into an important naval base overseeing Indian Ocean trade, and establishing a plantation economy of sugar cane.

The British captured the island in 1810, during the Napoleonic Wars.

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Mauritius

Economic overview

Since independence in 1968, Mauritius has developed from a low-income, agriculturally based economy to a middle-income diversified economy with growing industrial, financial, and tourist sectors.

For most of the period, annual growth has been in the order of 5% to 6%.

This remarkable achievement has been reflected in more equitable income distribution, increased life expectancy, lowered infant mortality, and a much-improved infrastructure.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit

Country Risk Service Mauritius 3rd Quarter 2014 Updater

Country Risk Service Mauritius 3rd Quarter 2014 Updater

  • $ 520
  • Country report
  • August 2014
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit

NCAIS: 0 SIC: 0

  • Countries : Mauritius

Oxford Economics

Country Economic Forecasts > Mauritius

Country Economic Forecasts > Mauritius

  • $ 185
  • Country report
  • November 2013
  • by Oxford Economics

The impact of the Eurozone's recession now appears to have had a slightly larger than expected impact on Mauritius, dampening tourism, goods exports and also investment (due to the uncertainty). As a result, ...

  • Countries : Mauritius

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