map of Réunion RÉUNION

general data of the country


 
General useful information
 
Note: some data are of constant value, while other are due to changes, fluctuations etc.
 
Nation and population
official name (short form): Réunion
country code ISO: RE //; - FIPS: RE
location: Southeast Africa
time zone: +4 UT
surface (land) area: 2507 sq.km = 968 sq.mi //; - area incl. inland waters: sq.km = sq.mi
geographical position in extreme co-ordinates: North/South: 21° S / East/West: 56° E
borders (land): none
borders (coastline): Indian Ocean
climate: tropical oceanic/monsoon
Government
independent since: not yet
type of government: overseas department of France since 1665
capital: Saint-Denis
administrative division: arrondissement (4) into commune (24)
Population
population according to the latest census (1999): 706,300
total population according to the estimate of midyear 2000: 720,934 /-; 2001: 732,570
population density: 288 per sq.km = 745 per sq.mi
population growth: 1,7% //; - doubling time: years
birth rate: 20 per 1000
death rate: 5 per 1000
fertility rate: 2 children per female
maternal mortality: per 100,000
infant mortality (1-4 years): 12 per 1000
life expectancy: 72 years (male: 68; female: 76)
age breakdown: 0-14 years: 32% //; - 15-59 years: 61% //; - 60+ years: 8%
urbanisation: 64% //; - urbanisation growth: %
percentage of urban population in the greatest city: %
Ethnic composition, language, religion
ethnic groups: mixed 64%; East Indian 28%; Chinese 2%; white 2%; East African 1%; other 3%
languages: French (official); Creole
religious affiliation: Roman Catholic 92%; Muslim 1%
Health
daily food intake: calories per capita
population with access to safe water: %
people per physician: 525
people per hospital bed: 254
Education, literacy
school enrolment: primary education 6-11 years: %
school enrolment: secondary education: %
school enrolment: tertiary education 20-24 years: %
adult literacy: 69% (male: %; female: %)
 
Economy and infrastructure
 
Economy and trade
currency: Euro = 100 cents (until 2002: Franc = 100 centimes)
annual inflation rate: 1,6%
population below poverty line: %
Gross Domestic Product: USD per capita
GNI USD per capita //; - [ppp: ]
GDP growth: %
income: USD 6000 per capita
import: USD 2711 per capita //; - export: USD 209 per capita
trade: USD 3736 per capita //; - or % of GDP
trade partners: FR BE DE IT JP ZA
human development index: //; - position of the country in the world no.:
female labour force: 43%
unemployment: %
tourism: 0,4 million
Economic activities in agriculture, fisheries, industry, mining, services, energy
land use: arable land: 21% //; - grass land: 56% //; - wooded area: 35% //; - arid land and desert: %
agriculture: labour force: 10% //; - part of agriculture in GDP: 6%
agricultural products: sugar cane, vanilla, rum, tobacco, ginger, pimento, pineapple, bananas, tomatoes, vetiver
livestock (in 1000s): cattle: 28 / goats: 38 / pigs: 76 / poultry: 12700 / sheep: 2
fish catch: 5800 metric tonnes
industry: labour force: 5% //; - part of industry in GDP: 17%
industrial products: food products, mainly sugar refining
mining products: of no importance
CO2 emission per capita:
services: labour force: 85% //; - part of services in GDP: 77%
energy use (kg per capita): 669
electricity use (per capita):
annual water use (per capita):
Traffic, communication
road network: 2754 km //; - of which paved: 79% //; - of which are motorways: 0 km
vehicles: 330 per 1000
railways: 0 km //; - railways passenger/km: -
navigable inland waterways: 0 km
ownership telephone: 329 - 347 per 1000
ownership radio receivers: 257 - 265 per 1000
ownership tv-sets: 189 - 205 per 1000
newspaper circulation: 83 per 1000
persons per post office:
personal computers: per 1000
 
Some physical landmarks
 
mountains: Piton des Neiges 3069 m, Le Gros Morne 2992, Grande Bénare 2896, Volcan de la Fournaise 2625, Nez de Boeuf 2136
lowest point: sea level
lakes (natural): Grand Etang
lakes (artificial reservoirs): none, or unknown
lakes (deepest): Grand Etang (?)
rivers: some small rivers to drain the mountain slopes, such as Rivière du Mât, Rivière des Remparts
canals: none, or unknown
waterfalls: none, or unknown
caves: longest system: none, or unknown / deepest:
islands: for adjacent islands see the separate file of the administrative division
deserts: none
other natural features:
 
Additional remarks, especially on the statistical information
 
other important features:
apart from physical landmarks most of the above figures are changeable, in most cases they date from the 1990's
 
primary sources used for the general information:
BB CA EV PW WA WB WR, and some national statistical yearbooks
particulars concerning population data:
 

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