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Comoros Country | Moroni City | Ouani | Adda-Doueni
Comoros, precisely the “Union of the Comoros” is an independent island nation located at the Northern end of Mozambique channel, East Africa. The country has is known for exotic beaches, volcanoes, and French colonial remains.
It is predicted that “Austronesians” were one of the first people that arrived on the islands in the 6th century. Later, during the era of Bantu migrations, Bantu people also settled on the island. It is also said that the people of the island sent a delegate to Arabia in 632 upon hearing of Islam.
By the time he arrived, the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) had died. He stayed in Mecca for some time, accepted Islam, and upon his return, most of his countrymen also accepted Islam.
Later on, the island was also visited constantly by Muslim traders and preachers. Portuguese were the first Europeans to visit the islands and traded slaves and various other things but didn’t colonize them.
The colonization came from the French side in 1841 and lasted till 1975, after which the country was given freedom.
The country is regarded as one of the poorest countries in the world with high levels of poverty, population increase, and unemployment. Fishing, hunting, and agriculture are the major economic sectors of the country which are generally undeveloped.
Islam is the largest religion of the country followed by a small minority of Christians. Comorian is the most widely spoken language of the country while Arabic and French serve as the official languages of the country.
There are several different mythologies regarding the ancient history of the country and according to one source, King Solomon also visited the islands.
Austronesians were the first known people to settle the islands around the 8th century. These people came from the Southeast Asian island via boats. As Islam rose in the 6th century, the islanders of Comoros heard about Islam and sent one of their representer toward Mecca to learn about Islam.
Although at the time he arrived, the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) died. He stayed a few days there and upon his return, his fellow islanders accepted Islam.
The Portuguese were the first Europeans to visit the island, however, they didn’t possess the islands and established trade. The French were the first to establish a colony over the islands and used them for trade and plantation purposes.
Some of the crops that were grown on the island include coffee, sisal, cocoa beans, perfume plants, vanilla, cloves, etc. the French ruled the islands for a long period and it was not until 1978 when the country finally gained its independence and Comoros became a free and self-governing country.
Comoros is ranked as a developing country and faces many economic and development challenges. The main problem is that the country due to its small size has very few natural resources.
The country mainly depends on fishing, agriculture, and shipping. However, these resources are still not enough and are the reason behind the high poverty rate in the country. More than 80% of the country’s population is dependent on agriculture and accounts for approx. 40% of the total GDP.
Some of the main agricultural products of the country include cassava, coconuts, bananas, cloves, vanilla, and copra.
Fishing in the country was pushed after 1980 and not only the locals but some other countries like Spanish boats also do ship in the country’s waters and pay a reasonable price.
Industries in the country are not of very large scale and pay a minor role in toward country’s GDP. Other sources of income include trade, tourism, import/export, etc.
Islam is the largest religion in the country followed by a small minority of Christians. Comorian is the most widely spoken language of the country while Arabic and French serve as the official languages of the country.
In terms of population, Comoros is one of the least populous countries in the world but due to its small size, it’s very densely populated. Around 34% of the total population lives in Urban areas while around 50% of the Comoros population is below 15 years.
The most widely spoken language in the country is Shikomori while some of the other languages that are spoken in the country include Arabic and French which also serve as the official languages of the country
Types of Houses in Comoros
Comoros is one of the poorest countries in the world and this is the reason that living conditions in the country are desperate. The majority of people can’t afford to buy or built proper houses. Moreover, the living conditions of the country are desperate and do not have any proper sanitation or sewerage system.
1. Ordinary Homes
This category is not a type but is for the type of homes that are not durable and built from other materials. For instance, these houses are made up of straw and the roofs of these homes are covered with coco leaves. Around 65% of the country’s population live in these types of homes. As described earlier, these houses do not have any proper sanitation or sewerage system.
2. Permanent Homes
These homes are built with proper construction material like bricks, concrete, etc. and out of the total percentage, 25% of the total houses in Comoros are of this type. We can see the difference that estimates that the proper houses on Comoros are very less.
Due to the financial support of other countries like China, Turkey, etc. the quality of housing in the country is improving, and houses such as based on containers, etc. are built in the country. Moreover, the plant to build the blocks locally was also set up. Hopefully, with these improvements, we will able to see a better and improved living condition in Comoros.
- Country Comoros
- Capital City Moroni
- Area: 2,612 km²
- Population: 813,912 (2017)
- Currency: Comorian franc
- Official languages: French, Arabic, Comorian
- Demonym: Comorian
- Legislature Assembly of the Union Government Federal presidential republic
- Religions: Islam, others
- Time Zone: UTC+3(EAT)
- Drives on the Right
- Dialing / Calling Code: +269
- Internet TLD .km
- Important Cities: Moroni, Moutsamoudou, Fomboni, Domoni, Tsimbeo, Adda-Douéni, Sima, Ouani, Mirontsi, Mkiriwadjumoi
- Famous Rivers Comoro River
- Border Countries Island Nation
- Spiritual Places Great Mosque of Maoueni Dimani Comoros, Grand Mosquee de Moroni
- Tourist Attractions: Mount Karthala, Comoro Islands, Panki, Bouni Beach, Moheli Marine Park, Plage Gountsini, La Grille, Badjanani, Moheli Marine Park
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