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Updated: Sep 28, 2022

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Country Name

Mauritius, or officially the Republic of Mauritius.


The Republic of Mauritius, an island country in the Indian Ocean, lies east of Madagascar and on the southeast African coast. Its nearest neighbor is the French island of Réunion.


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The reason for naming the country

In 1598 a Dutch squadron under Admiral Wybrand Van Warwyck landed at Grand Port and named the island "Mauritius" after Prince Maurice of Nassau (Dutch: Maurits van Nassau) of the Dutch Republic.


The national flag of Mauritius, also known as the Four Bands and Les Quatre Bandes was adopted on March 12, 1968, after gaining independence from British rule. The flag consists of four horizontal stripes (from top to bottom) red, blue, yellow, and green. The colors used in the flag are the traditional Pan-African colors. The Red color represents the struggles to achieve independence and the blue color represents the Indian Ocean, which surrounds the island. The yellow color represents the bright future of the island after gaining independence and the green color represents the rich nature of Mauritius.