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Federal Islamic Republic of the Comoros

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Capital city: Moroni on Grande Comoro, largest town (main seaport and international airport).

Area: 1862 square km

National day: 6 July.

Independence: 6 July 1975. Former French colony.

Population: 580000 as at the year 2000, more than 50% on Grande Comoro.

Leader: Col Azali Assoumani, born 1959. President as at the year 1999.

Language: French an Arabic (both official), Comorian Swahili.

Currency: Comorian francs (FC).

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