The Comoros, an Indian Ocean island state, is the third smallest nation in Africa with a population of over 750,000 (2013) that is largely Muslim. Its economy depends on agriculture, including fishing, and tourism. Despite its small size, it is an active participant in diverse international forums including the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the Arab League, the Southern African Development Community, the Indian Ocean Commission and the Indian Ocean Rim Association.
The Comoros has a diverse culture and history, having been colonised by France and marked by several coups following independence in 1975. The official languages of the Comoros are Comorian (Shikomori - a blend of Swahili and Arabic), Arabic and French.
Australia's diplomatic representation to the Comoros is from the High Commission in Port Louis, Mauritius.
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