Comoros, the Perfumed Island in East Africa

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Comoros is an East Africa Nation and are called the “perfumed islands” for their fragrant plant life and are known for their great scenic beauty.

The country has are four major islands, as well as many smaller ones, in the country: Grande Comore; Moheli; Anjouan; and Mayotte. These islands aren’t just for viewing. They are also for smelling. Known by many as the “Perfume Isles,” the bountiful flora can occasionally be smelt on the breeze. Perhaps the most prominent of the scents on offer is that of the ylang ylang flower.

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Oil of the ylang ylang is an ingredient in many of the world’s most popular perfumes and cosmetics, including Chanel No. 5. It is in the Comoros archipelago that the flower is harvested and converted to essential oils for export.

East Africa has 18 countries: Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea,  Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, South Sudan

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Facts File

The Comoros is a small island off the coast of Africa.

Capital

Moroni. It is the largest settlement of Comoros

President:

Azali Assoumani

President of Comoros

Continent

Africa

Population

832,322  according to 2018 World Bank report

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Currency

Comorian franc

Language

The official languages are French, Arabic and Comorian (shikomori).

There are 4 variants of Comorian, one for each island. In Mayotte people speak shimaore, in Grande Comore people speak shingazidja, in Moheli people speak shimwali and in Anjouan people speak shindzuwani.

It was founded by Arabic-speaking settlers, possibly as early as the 10th century. As a member of the Arab League, the Comoros is the only country in the Arab world which is entirely in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Union of the Comoros is a sovereign nation.

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What the country is known for

The volcanic islands of the Comorian archipelago have been called the “perfumed islands” for their fragrant plant life and are known for their great scenic beauty.

FOOD

Comoros, boast a wide range of food and generally have a healthy cuisine. People in Comoros usually have seafood diet, taking lobster, crab, shrimp, etc. They also include locally grown vegetable and tropical fruits such as rice, coconut, pineapple, mango, and more.

Flag

The Comoros flag is a flag with four horizontal bands and a red triangle which contains a crescent and four stars. The used colours in the flag are blue, green, red, yellow, white.

The flag has four stripes, representing the four islands of the nation: Yellow is for Mohéli, White is for Mayotte (claimed by Comoros but administered by France), Red is for Anjouan, and Blue is for Grande Comore. The four stars on the flag also symbolize the four islands of the Comoros.

Comoros has one of the world’s most priced spices

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In abundance on the Comoros Islands is one of the world’s most prized spices: cloves. Though cloves (a common ingredient in many dishes, medicines and even cigarettes) are native to Indonesia, the Comoros is one of the world’s top producer of the spice, and visitors can learn more about it with guided tours of local farms.

The island’s rich volcanic ash allows the vanilla bean to grow in copious amounts, and while much of it is exported abroad, local chefs have also embraced it in their food for delicious effect.

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