COUNTRY FACTS

Comoros

 

comoros-flagQuick Facts

  • Continental region – African continental region
  • Currency symbol of Comoros The Comorian franc became the official currency of Comoros when it replaced the franc of France in the year 1886. Symbol is CF.
  • Capital City –Moroni.
  • Official languages – French
  • Population – 874,369 (2020)
  • Country dialling code  –  (+269 )
  • Official website Comoros
  • Top 3 biggest industries  –Agriculture, Fishing, Tourism
  • Google Maps link –Comoros
  • Where is it? –The Comoros are a group of islands at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel of the Indian Ocean, between Madagascar and the southeast African mainland, about 180 miles (290 km) off the eastern coast of Africa.

Comoros In Pictures

Comoros traditional dress

Comoros traditional dress

Dhow

Dhow

Grande Comore

Grande Comore

Moroni beach

Moroni beach

Moroni

Moroni

Mosquée du Vendredi

Mosquée du Vendredi

Mount Karthala

Mount Karthala

Mutsamudu

Mutsamudu

Vanilla plantation

Vanilla plantation


Comoros History

  • How did the country get its first name? –Its name derives from the Arabic word qamar (“moon”), as seen depicted on its flag. Over the centuries, the islands of Comoros were populated by a succession of diverse groups from the coast of Africa, the Persian Gulf, Indonesia, and Madagascar.
  • When and by whom the country was first discovered? -The archipelago was first settled by Bantu speakers who came from East Africa, Arabs and Austronesians. 
  • Who were the first Inhabitants? –The earliest inhabitants of the islands were likely people from the Swahili culture from as early as 1000 BC, small trading communities of Bantu-speakers from the coasts of East Africa.
  • When it was first recognized as a country? –Administratively attached to Madagascar in 1912, Comoros became an overseas territory of France in 1947 and was given representation in the French National Assembly. In 1961, a year after Madagascar became independent, the islands were granted internal autonomy.
  • Who was the first leader of the country? –The remaining Comoros Islands declared themselves independent on July 6, 1975, with Ahmed Abdallah as president. A month after independence, he was overthrown by Justice Minister Ali Soilih.

Five Significant Events 

  1. 1947 Comoros the Territory of France: Comoros become an overseas territory of France and are given representation in the French parliament. (http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/36/080.html)
  2. 1975 Independence of Comoros: Comoros declare independence from France.(https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/war/comoros1.htm)
  3. 1996 Establishment of Islamic Law: Mohamed Abdulkarim Taki elected president and proceeds to draft a constitution which extends the authority of the president and establishes Islam as the basis of law. (https://polotiki.com/2019/06/20/state-of-the-nation-address-by-president-cyril-ramaphosa/)
  4. 1999 Signing of autonomy agreement : Massounde signs an autonomy agreement in Madagascar, but the delegates from Anjouan and Moheli refuse to follow suit, saying they must first consult their people, thereby prompting violent demonstrations in Grande Comore against people of Anjouan origins. (https://seleani.wordpress.com/banque-de-connaissances/faq-questionsreponses/)
  5. 2001 Seizes power : A “military committee” seizes power in the breakaway island of Anjouan with aim of rejoining the Comoros. (https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/1999/05/como-m07.html)

Five Places to Visit in Comoros

  1. Moheli: There are very few inhabitants on the island and thanks to this it’s largely undeveloped and completely wild. To the point that it’s a little backwards – a bit stuck in the past. (https://moheli-tourisme.com/index-english.html)
  2. Fomboni: There’s a nameless main street through town, a market, and a jetty worth checking out.  The locals here tend to be more reserved than their neighbours on Anjouan and Grande Comore but they’ll give you a friendly welcome for sure. (http://comoros.places-in-the-world.com/921889-place-fomboni.html)
  3. Anjouan: Anjouan is nicknamed “The Pearl of the Comoros” because of its Robinson Crusoe qualities.  If you want remote, unspoilt, and gorgeous, you’ll find it here.  You’ll find old Arab plantations and the scent of cloves and ylang-ylang on every breeze. (https://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/km-nz.html)
  4. Grande Comore: One of the most popular towns, Moroni, is located here.  As you travel the island you’ll find again and again that the dark and intriguing solidified lava and the contrasting white sand beaches make a stunningly beautiful landscape.  (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g480174-Grande_Comore-Vacations.html)
  5. Mount Karthala: The last eruption was in 2005 and lasted 14 days! The volcano did quite a bit of damage in 2005, but the country has recovered nicely.  You’ll love the bizarre yet spectacular landscape that the lava creates and it makes the hiking rather unique.(https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/comores/karthala.html)

References: 



Share comments and reactions:

LOVE IT
0
FUNNY
0
SHOCKING
0
INTERESTING
0
NOPE
0

Comments are closed.

0 %