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is an archipelago island nation in the Indian Ocean, located off the eastern coast of Africa, on the northern end of the Mozambique Channel, between northeastern Mozambique and northwestern Madagascar. Other countries near to the Comoros are Tanzania to the northwest and the Seychelles to the northeast. The capital is Moroni on Grande Comore. At 1,862 km2 (719 sq mi) (excluding Mayotte), the Comoros is the third-smallest African nation by area. The population (excluding Mayotte) is estimated at 798,000 . Its name derives from the Arabic word قمر qamar ("moon"). The archipelago is notable for its diverse culture and history, as a nation formed at the crossroads of many civilizations. It is the southernmost member state of the Arab League. Though in the contested island of Mayotte the sole official language is French, the "Union of the Comoros" has three official languages: Comorian, Arabic, and French. The country officially consists of the four major islands in the volcanic Comoros archipelago: northwesternmost Grande Comore or Ngazidja, Mohéli or Mwali, Anjouan or Nzwani, and southeasternmost Mayotte or Maore, as well as many smaller islands. However, the government of the Comoros (or its predecessors, since independence) has never administered the island of Mayotte, which France administers as an overseas department. Mayotte was the only island in the archipelago that voted against independence from France in 1974; the latter has vetoed United Nations Security Council resolutions that would affirm Comorian sovereignty over the island. In addition, a 29 March 2009 referendum on Mayotte's becoming an overseas department of France in 2011 was passed overwhelmingly by the people of Mayotte. The Comoros is the only state to be a member of all of the following: African Union, Francophonie, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Arab League, and Indian Ocean Commission. The country has had a history marked by numerous coups d'état since independence in 1975. As of 2008 about half the population lives below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day.

Capital MORONI
Currency Franco Comoriano - KMF
Country code 00269
Spoken languages ​​ French, Arabic
Passport

necessary, with residual validity of 6 months at the time of entry into the country. For any changes to this rule, we recommend that you inquire beforehand at the Embassy or Consulate of the country present in Italy or at your travel agent.

Health

The health facilities are inadequate compared to Western standards and lack of specialized services. Suggested anti-malarial begin before the departure in accordance with a prescription and continue after the return. Widespread AIDS. Dermatological diseases endemic and parasitic diseases. In case of emergency medical repatriation, connections to the African continent are not user-friendly and Europe is reachable only with airliners of long-distance services. For emergencies there is a flight Moroni-Réunion. The latter is equipped with Western standard hospitals. We recommend that, before embarking on the journey of health insurance plans in addition to the coverage of medical expenses, even an eventual repatriation and/or transfer emergency health care in another country. Warnings Before departure you should consult a specialist doctor for routine prevention measures adopted in tropical countries. We recommend that you: -get vaccinated against hepatitis, yellow fever and cholera, after consulting a doctor; -carry small stocks of emergency medications; -precautions in preparation of foods and drinks; -preferably eat only cooked food; -drink only bottled water and drinks, sealed and without the addition of ice; -treat water for domestic use (boiling, filtering and decanting).

Telephony

the country is on the cellular network. You can use the internet but there is no "Broadband".

Climate

There are two seasons: a hot and humid with heavy rainfall from November to April, with an average temperature between 24° and 32° C, and a temperate and dry season from May to October, with rare rainfall in August and an average temperature between 22° and 29° c. The seasons are reversed compared to Europe

Viability

Licence International (Geneva Convention 1949 model). Documents for vehicles imported temporarily It is necessary the Customs passage booklet; Transport in General: inside the Islands are made with traditional taxi-brousse and mini bus. You can hire cars but we recommend that you always use a local driver due to a bad situation. There are two small private airlines which provide daily connections between the Islands. Are not recommended, due to inadequate safety norms, connections between the Islands with naval transportation.

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