At a glance
Official language: Arabic
Continent: East Africa
The hidden tropical paradise
The Comoros are located in southern Africa, but have cultural influences from India, Europe and the Arab world.
According to Countryaah, the Comoros are a group of islands in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and the African continent. The “Islands of the Moon” include the island of Mayotte, Grande Comore, Anjouan and Mohéli.
The islands are characterized by lush vegetation, which comes from the deposited volcanic ash. The white beaches, tropical fruits and the hospitality of the residents make it easy to unwind. The average temperature on the Comoros is 25 ° Celsius all year round ! However, communication in the Comoros is difficult without knowledge of French. For a longer stay, you can take a French course.
The Comoros are strongly influenced by Islam. Therefore, you should avoid shorts, cut-out dresses and miniskirts in the city, as well as consuming alcohol in public.
The Comoros are a paradise for all nature lovers. On trips to the jungle, with a bit of luck, you can spot the Mongozmaki, an endemic monkey species, and while diving in the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean off the Comoros, the coelacanth swims, which until 1938 was only known as a fossil!
Official language: Arabic
Franc (100 centimes)
ISO 4217 code
KMF / 174
Geo coordinates: S -11 ° -52 ‘-30 ” E 43 ° 52’ 20″
Highest mountain: La Kartala (2,360 m)
Total area: 2,170 km²
Mainland: 2,170 km²
Coastline: 340 km
Dependency: France until 1975
UN member since: 1975
Other political affiliation: Arab League
Form of government: Federal Republic
Export goods: Vanilla, ylang-ylang
BSP: $ 422,000,000
GDP: $ 453,000,000
Inflation rate: 3.2%
Export: $ 41,000,000
Import: $ 129,000,000
Electricity consumption: 22 million KWh
Oil consumption: 800 million m³
Cultivation area: 59.19%
Bovine: 61,000 pieces
Sheep: 23,000 pieces
Fishing: 11,700 t
Residents in cities: 229,300
Average age: 18.6 years
0-14 years: 42.7%
15-64 years: 54.3%
> 65 years: 3%
Population growth: 2.87%
Birth rate: 36.93 / 1,000 residents
Death rate: 8.2 / 1,000 residents
Ratio men / women: 0.99
Fertility: 5.03 children / woman
Infant mortality: 72.85 ‰
Life expectancy men: 60 years
Life expectancy women: 64.72 years
Country codes and abbreviations
ISO 3166 Alpha 2: KM
ISO 3166 Alpha 3: COM
ISO 3166 numeric: 174
Top Level Domain: km
IOC country code: COM
UN / LOCODE: KM
Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 121
Number of doctors: 80
Daily food intake: 1,810 kcal / resident
Last sovereign since: 1975
Main religious group: Muslims
Prison inmates: 200
Defense Spending: $ 15,070,000
Arriving by plane
The Comoros does not have its own national airline.
The following airlines offer flights from Europe to the Comoros: Yemenia – Yemen Airways (IY) from London via Sana’a and Air France (AF) via Réunion. Other international airlines that fly to the Comoros are Air Austral (UU), Air Madagascar (MD), Air Tanzania (TC) and Sudan Airways (SD).
Arrival by ship
Ship connections from Madagascar, Réunion, Mauritius, Zanzibar or East Africa (Mombasa, Kenya) to Moroni or Mutsamudu are irregular. Information about shipping connections between Europe and the Comoros can be obtained from the Direction Générale du Tourisme et Hôtellerie in Moroni (see addresses).
ON THE GO
Traveling by plane
There are flight connections to the individual islands. Every island has a landing strip.
On the way by car / bus
There is right-hand traffic. Along the coast there are roads around 750 km in length, 250 km of which are paved. The road conditions are generally very bad. Bush taxis (Taxis-brousse), rental or private cars are the only means of transport on the islands. At night there is a 50% surcharge for taxis and bush taxis. Especially during the rainy season, four-wheel drive vehicles are installed in the interior and on the more distant islands. You should drive carefully as the roads are narrow and livestock often roam free. Information about minibus services on the Comoros is available from the Direction Générale du Tourisme et Hôtellerie in Moroni (see addresses).
Rental cars: are available in Ngazidja (Grande Comore).
Documents: International driver’s license, valid for up to three months.
On the way by ship
The islands are connected by regular ferries. Visitors can rent motor boats, sailing boats and canoes in the villages and towns by the sea. A boat is particularly appropriate on Mwali (Moheli), as the road network is quite poor here.