Rodrigues
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About Rodrigues
Geography and Climate
Rodrigues Island lies some 650 km to the north-east of Mauritius and was born from volcanic activity between 1.3 and 1.5 million years ago.
The island, the smallest of the Mascarene archipelago, is 18 km long, 8 km wide and has a surface area of 108 km2. It is mountainous island with many valleys.

The island enjoys a tropical climate with temperatures varying between 28ºC and 35°C during the Southern summer, which coincides with the cyclonic season (November to April) and between 18ºC and 27°C in winter. South-east trade winds bring an invigorating drizzle during the “cold” season. The rainy season is rejuvenating, turning drained rivers into unsuspected torrents gushing down to the sea, at times transforming into spectacular but ephemeral waterfalls.

Some 20 coral islets surround Rodrigues and islets like Ile aux Cocos and Ile aux Sables, are renowned bird sanctuaries
People
Rodriguans are well known for their friendly attitude. The population of Rodrigues is estimated at 42 800. The main religion is Roman Catholicism with small minorities of other religions like Jehovah’s Witnesses, Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists.
Most of the inhabitants are of mixed African and French descent and there is a minority of mixed-raced peoples; descendants of the first European settlers.
POPULATION
42 800
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