Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius (French: République
de Maurice), is an island nation off the coast of Africa in the southwest
Indian Ocean, about 900 kilometers east of Madagascar. In addition
to the island of Mauritius, the republic includes the islands of St. Brandon,
Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands. Mauritius is part of the Mascarene
Islands, with the French island of Réunion 200 km to the
southwest and the island of Rodrigues 570 km to the East-northeast.