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Comoros
Country name: Comoros
Conventional long form: Union of the Comoros
Conventional short form: Comoros
Local long form: Union des Comores
Local short form: Comores
Government type:
Republic
Capital:
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Time difference: UTC+3 (8 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Independence:
6 July 1975 (from France)
Area:
Total: 2,170 sq km
Land: 2,170 sq km
Water: 0 sq km
Climate:
Tropical marine; rainy season (November to May)
Terrain:
Volcanic islands, interiors vary from steep mountains to low hills
Natural resources:
NEGL
Population:
711,417 (July 2007 est.)
Population Growth Rate:
2.84% (2007 est.)
Age structure:
0-14 years: 42.6% (male 151,920/female 150,851)
15-64 years:  54.4% (male 191,096/female 196,120)
65 years and over: 3% (male 9,933/female 11,497) (2007 est.)
Median Age:
Total: 18.7 years
Male: 18.4 years
Female: 18.9 years (2007 est.)
Birth Rate:
36.35 births/1,000 population (2007 est.)
Death Rate:
7.95 deaths/1,000 population (2007 est.)
Religions:
Sunni Muslim 98%, Roman Catholic 2%
Languages:
Arabic (official), French (official), Shikomoro (a blend of Swahili and Arabic)
Literacy:
Definition: age 15 and over can read and write
Total population: 56.5%
Male: 63.6%
Female: 49.3% (2003 est.)
GDP (purchasing power parity): $441 million (2002 est.)
GDP (official exchange rate): $402 million (2005 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP): $600 (2005 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:
Agriculture: 40%
Industry: 4%
Services: 56% (2001 est.)
Labor force:
144,500 (1996 est.)
Labor force - by occupation:
Agriculture: 80%
Industry and Services: 20%
Unemployment rate: 20%
Currency (code): Comoran franc (KMF)

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