Federal Islamic Republic of the Comoros
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).