School and Education in the Comoros

Officially, there is compulsory school for 10 years for anyone between 6 and 16 years. The primary school is 6 years old, the secondary school 7 years (4 + 3 years). 56% of children started primary school in 2000/01. In 2003, illiteracy among the adult population was estimated at approx. 45%. See TOPSCHOOLSINTHEUSA for TOEFL, ACT, SAT testing locations and high school codes in Comoros.

Country data

Area: 1862 km2 (world ranking: 171)

Residents: 814,000

Population density: 437 per km2 (as of 2017, world ranking: 160)

Capital: Moroni

Official languages: Comorian, French, Arabic

Gross domestic product: 649 million US $; Real growth: 2.5%

Gross national product (GNP, per resident and year): 760 US$

Currency: Comoros Franc (FC) = 100 centimes

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Head of State and Government: Azali AssoumaniDschaffar Ahmed Said HassaniMoustadroine AbdouAbdallah Said Sarouma, Exterior: Mohamed El-Amine Souef

National holiday: 6.7.

Administrative structure
3 island districts: Njazidja, Nzwani and Mwali

State and form of government
Constitution of 2001
Federal Republic, presidential system
State religion: Islam
Parliament: Union assembly (Assemblée de l’Union) with 33 members (24 elected, 9 representatives of the islands), election every 5 years.
direct election of the head of state every 5 years (the islands provide alternately the head of state)
Voting age 18 years

Population: Comorians, last census in 2003: 575,660 residents.; Njazidja 296.177, Nzwani 243.732, Mwali 35.751
97% Comorian

Cities (with population): (as of 2003) Moroni (Njazidja) 40,050 inh., Mutsamudu 20,828, Fomboni 12,881, Domoni 10,073, Ouani 8841

Religions: 98% Sunni (as of 2006)

Languages: Comorian (related to Swahili), French; Arabic

Workers by economic sector: no information

Unemployment (in% of all economically active persons)
no information

Inflation rate (in%): 2017: 1.0%

Foreign trade: Import: 239 million US$ (2017); Export: US $ 31 million (2017)

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Comoros  – Moroni

Moroni, capital of the Comoros; 54,000 residents (2011). Moroni, located on the west coast of the island of Ngazidja, is the country’s largest city and commercial center with the food industry (vanilla, cocoa, coffee) and oil refinery. The city was originally built by Arab merchants.