Largest Cities in Comoros
Facts about Comoros
Official languages: Arabic, French
Area: 2,170 km²
Population: 773,407 residents
Population density: 356.41 residents per km²
Internet TLD: .km
ISO codes: KM, COM, 174
The telephone code for Comoros is +269
The Comoros (Comorian قمر Komori, French Comores; officially since 2001 Union of the Comoros) form a federal island state in the Indian Ocean at the northern exit of the Mozambique Strait between Mozambique and Madagascar. They comprise three of the four main islands of the Comoros Archipelago. These are Grande Comore (Njazidja), Anjouan (Nzwani), Mohéli (Mwali) and some smaller islands. The fourth main island of Mayotte is administered by France, but claimed by the Comoros Republic.
The Comoros belong geographically to East Africa and lie between Madagascar’s northern tip and the African mainland.
The Comoros gained independence from France in 1975 and since then has seen an eventful history with coups and secessionist efforts. Its residents are of mixed, predominantly East African and Arab ancestry, and the majority are Muslim. The country’s name is derived from the Arabic Juzur al-Qamar (جزر القمر), which means something like “lunar islands”.
The road network is in a desolate general condition, caution is required when driving after dark. The fuel supply is not always guaranteed. The flight connections between the islands are operated by two private airlines, one of which is on the black list of unsafe airlines. The intra-Comorian flight connections and telecommunications are still irregular and often disrupted. Small motorized boats (so-called kwassa-kwassa) that provide transport between the islands are not a safe means of transport.
The Comoros are a strongly Islamic country. Travelers are expected to conform to the codes of conduct and morals of the greater part of the population. You shouldn’t wear shorts, cut-out dresses or miniskirts in the city. The consumption of alcohol in public is prohibited. Women should avoid bathing on public beaches, especially during Ramadan.
Biggest Cities of Comoros by Population
The capital of the Comoros, which is called Moroni, is on Nyazidja.