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Reunion Island

The Portuguese discovered the uninhabited island in 1513. From the 17th to the 19th centuries, French immigration, supplemented by influxes of Africans, Chinese, Malays, and Malabar Indians, gave the island its ethnic mix. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 cost the island its importance as a stopover on the East Indies trade route.

Languages & Population

Approximate Population: 776,948 (July 2005 est.)

Nationality (Noun): Reunionese (singular and plural)

Nationality (Adjective): Reunionese

Official Language(s): French

Major Languages Spoken: French

Map of Reunion Island

Country Facts

Country Name (long form): Department of Reunion

Country Name (short form): Reunion

Country Name (local long form): none

Country Name (local short form): Ile de la Reunion

Name of Capital: Saint-Denis

UTC Time Difference (from capital): UTC+4 (9 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Countries Near by, and Bordering Reunion Island: Madagascar, Mauritius

Land Area: 2507 sq km

Water Area: 10 sq km

Comparative Area: slightly smaller than Rhode Island

Total Land Boundry: 0 km

Coastline: 207 km

National Holiday: National Day, Taking of the Bastille, 14 July (1789)

International Phone Code: 262

Currency Code: euro (EUR)

Internet Country Code: .re

US Embassy Location: none (overseas department of France)

US Embassy Mailing Address: none (overseas department of France)


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