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Mauritius People

    Population: 1,182,212 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 26% (male 156,616; female 153,698)
    15-64 years: 68% (male 398,557; female 402,674)
    65 years and over: 6% (male 28,586; female 42,081) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 1.18% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 18.49 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 6.69 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 0.99 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.68 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.98 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 16.2 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 71.09 years
    male: 67.21 years
    female: 74.96 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 2.21 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Mauritian(s)
    adjective: Mauritian

    Ethnic groups: Indo-Mauritian 68%, Creole 27%, Sino-Mauritian 3%, Franco-Mauritian 2%

    Religions: Hindu 52%, Christian 28.3% (Roman Catholic 26%, Protestant 2.3%), Muslim 16.6%, other 3.1%

    Languages: English (official), Creole, French, Hindi, Urdu, Hakka, Bojpoori

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 82.9%
    male: 87.1%
    female: 78.8% (1995 est.)

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