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Education

 

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Adjusted savings: education expenditure > % of GNI 4.19 % of GNI [78th of 168]
Children out of school, primary 49,426 [49th of 126]
Children out of school, primary (per capita) 91.474 per 1,000 people [8th of 150]
Children out of school, primary, female 26,927 [44th of 117]
Children out of school, primary, female (per capita) 49.835 per 1,000 people [6th of 147]
Children out of school, primary, male 22,499 [49th of 117]
Children out of school, primary, male (per capita) 41,639.569 per 1,000 people [8th of 148]
Duration of compulsory education 8 years [112nd of 171]
Duration of education > Primary level 6 [74th of 181]
Duration of education > Secondary level 7 [33rd of 181]
Education enrolment by level > Primary level 106,972 [135th of 189]
Education enrolment by level > Primary level (per capita) 0.19 per capita [9th of 172]
Education enrolment by level > Secondary level 38,272 [138th of 171]
Education enrolment by level > Secondary level (per capita) 67.902 per 1,000 people [120th of 159]
Education enrolment by level > Tertiary level 1,707 [124th of 150]
Education enrolment by level > Tertiary level (per capita) 3.029 per 1,000 people [112nd of 146]
Education enrolment by level, percentage girls > Primary level 44.33% [158th of 179]
Education enrolment by level, percentage girls > Secondary level 44.92% [133rd of 162]
Education enrolment by level, percentage girls > Tertiary level 43.18% [96th of 126]
Education enrolment ratio, net, primary level 55% [119th of 160]
Education enrolment ratio, net, primary level > Men 60% [119th of 160]
Education enrolment ratio, net, primary level > Women 51% [115th of 160]
Education expenditure of government > As percentage of GNI 3.9% [82nd of 127]
Education expenditure of government > As percentage of total government 24.1% [3rd of 85]
Education spending (% of GDP) 3.9% [86th of 132]
Education spending (% of total government expenditure) 24.1% [8th of 96]
Education spending (% Primary) 45.7% [33rd of 110]
Education spending (% Secondary) 40.1% [34th of 107]
Education spending (% Tertiary) 7.7% [101st of 108]
Education, percentage of pupils starting grade 1 reaching grade 5 71.7% [69th of 112]
Education, percentage of pupils starting grade 1 reaching grade 5 > Men 69.3% [62nd of 101]
Education, percentage of pupils starting grade 1 reaching grade 5 > Women 74.4% [55th of 101]
Education, primary completion rate 51 [111st of 148]
Education, primary completion rate > Men 52 [108th of 145]
Education, primary completion rate > Women 49 [104th of 145]
Expenditure per student, primary > % of GDP per capita 9.48 % [82nd of 101]
Expenditure per student, secondary > % of GDP per capita 25.91 % [23rd of 93]
Female enrolment share > Primary level 45.9% [150th of 176]
Female enrolment share > Secondary level 44.5% [137th of 170]
Geographical aptitude results 75.283 [56th of 191]
Girls to boys ratio, primary level enrolment 0.88 [127th of 183]
Girls to boys ratio, secondary level enrolment 0.76 [121st of 172]
Girls to boys ratio, tertiary level enrolment 0.77 [99th of 139]
Grade 1 intake rate 15.5 [113rd of 114]
Gross intake rate in grade 1, female > % of relevant age group 65.92 % [86th of 156]
Gross intake rate in grade 1, male > % of relevant age group 74 % [84th of 156]
Gross intake rate in grade 1, total > % of relevant age group 70.02 % [89th of 157]
Illiteracy rates by sex, aged 15+ 43.6% [22nd of 138]
Illiteracy rates by sex, aged 15+ > Men 36.4% [20th of 138]
Illiteracy rates by sex, aged 15+ > Women 50.7% [26th of 138]
Illiterate population by sex, aged 15+ 193,500 [94th of 138]
Illiterate population by sex, aged 15+ (per capita) 336.136 per 1,000 people [8th of 138]
Illiterate population by sex, aged 15+ > Men 80,200 [91st of 138]
Illiterate population by sex, aged 15+ > Men (per capita) 139.318 per 1,000 people [6th of 138]
Illiterate population by sex, aged 15+ > Women 113,300 [91st of 138]
Illiterate population by sex, aged 15+ > Women (per capita) 196.818 per 1,000 people [10th of 138]
Literacy > Definition
age 15 and over can read and write
Literacy > Female 49.3% [130th of 157]
Literacy > Male 63.6% [136th of 156]
Literacy > Total population 56.5% [137th of 160]
Literacy rate, adult female > % of females ages 15 and above 46.39 % [87th of 121]
Literacy rate, adult male > % of males ages 15 and above 61.4 % [96th of 121]
Literacy rate, adult total > % of people ages 15 and above 53.78 % [90th of 121]
Literacy rate, youth female > % of females ages 15-24 49.6 % [102nd of 123]
Literacy rate, youth male > % of males ages 15-24 63.78 % [110th of 123]
Literacy rate, youth total > % of people ages 15-24 56.69 % [104th of 123]
Literacy rates, aged 15-24 55.7% [114th of 138]
Literacy rates, aged 15-24 > Men 62.9% [117th of 138]
Literacy rates, aged 15-24 > Women 48.4% [109th of 138]
Net intake rate in grade 1 > % of official school-age population 15.54 % [77th of 95]
Net intake rate in grade 1, female > % of official school-age population 12.78 % [75th of 93]
Net intake rate in grade 1, male > % of official school-age population 18.23 % [74th of 93]
Persistence to grade 5, female > % of cohort 81.23 % [23rd of 83]
Persistence to grade 5, male > % of cohort 79.47 % [25th of 83]
Persistence to grade 5, total > % of cohort 80.32 % [27th of 92]
Primary completion rate, female > % of relevant age group 49.14 % [73rd of 138]
Primary completion rate, male > % of relevant age group 51.85 % [78th of 138]
Primary completion rate, total > % of relevant age group 50.51 % [82nd of 141]
Primary education, duration > years 6 years [43rd of 197]
Primary education, pupils 106,700 [76th of 176]
Primary education, pupils (per capita) 0.178 per capita [18th of 193]
Primary education, pupils > % female 46.16 % female [86th of 175]
Primary education, teachers 3,050 [72nd of 159]
Primary education, teachers (per capita) 5.079 per 1,000 people [38th of 191]
Primary education, teachers > % female 32.85 % female [78th of 153]
Private school enrolment > Primary level 10.7 [63rd of 148]
Private school enrolment > Secondary level 52.1 [10th of 131]
Progression to secondary school > % 63.18 % [63rd of 123]
Progression to secondary school, female > % 55.08 % [66th of 118]
Progression to secondary school, male > % 70.33 % [53rd of 118]
Public spending on education, total > % of GDP 3.88 % [82nd of 136]
Public spending on education, total > % of government expenditure 24.12 % [3rd of 103]
Public spending per student > Primary level 12.6 [73rd of 126]
Public spending per student > Secondary level 36.1 [13th of 123]
Public spending per student > Tertiary level 128.7 [24th of 123]
Pupil-teacher ratio, primary 34.98 [30th of 159]
Pupils reaching grade 5 77.1 [74th of 108]
Pupils-teacher ratio > primary level 35.9 [39th of 175]
Ratio of female to male enrollments in tertiary education 77.04 [92nd of 137]
Ratio of female to male primary enrollment 88.1 [85th of 174]
Ratio of female to male secondary enrollment 75.57 [80th of 162]
Ratio of girls to boys in primary and secondary education > % 83.92 % [61st of 157]
Ratio of young literate females to males > % ages 15-24 77.77 % [94th of 123]
Repetition rate, primary > % of total enrollment 27.12 % [3rd of 128]
Repetition rate, primary, female > % of total enrollment 25.88 % [3rd of 125]
Repetition rate, primary, male > % of total enrollment 28.18 % [3rd of 125]
Repitition rate > Primary level 26 [6th of 143]
School enrollment, preprimary > % gross 3.27 % gross [80th of 159]
School enrollment, preprimary, female > % gross 3.21 % gross [80th of 153]
School enrollment, preprimary, male > % gross 3.33 % gross [80th of 153]
School enrollment, primary > % gross 85.46 % gross [94th of 176]
School enrollment, primary > % net 55.05 % net [115th of 139]
School enrollment, primary, female > % gross 79.98 % gross [93rd of 174]
School enrollment, primary, female > % net 50.49 % net [112nd of 137]
School enrollment, primary, male > % gross 90.79 % gross [92nd of 174]
School enrollment, primary, male > % net 59.51 % net [115th of 136]
School enrollment, primary, private > % of total primary 10.01 % [40th of 139]
School enrollment, secondary > % gross 35.15 % gross [74th of 164]
School enrollment, secondary, female > % gross 30.21 % gross [75th of 162]
School enrollment, secondary, male > % gross 39.98 % gross [74th of 162]
School enrollment, secondary, private > % of total secondary 41.07 % [7th of 124]
School enrollment, tertiary > % gross 2.27 % gross [118th of 141]
School enrollment, tertiary, female > % gross 1.97 % gross [109th of 137]
School enrollment, tertiary, male > % gross 2.56 % gross [114th of 137]
School life expectancy > Primary to tertiary 8 years [15th of 93]
School life expectancy > Primary to tertiary > Female 7 years [16th of 93]
School life expectancy > Primary to tertiary > Male 9 years [15th of 93]
Scientific and technical journal articles 1 [159th of 175]
Secondary education, general pupils 43,181 [79th of 183]
Secondary education, general pupils (per capita) 0.072 per 1,000 people [48th of 196]
Secondary education, pupils 43,349 [77th of 166]
Secondary education, pupils (per capita) 0.072 per capita [50th of 185]
Secondary education, pupils > % female 42.51 % female [75th of 153]
Secondary education, teachers 3,138 [53rd of 141]
Secondary education, teachers (per capita) 5.226 per 1,000 people [30th of 188]
Secondary education, teachers > % female 12.97 % female [62nd of 131]
Secondary education, vocational pupils 168 [81st of 163]
Secondary education, vocational pupils (per capita) 0.28 per 1,000 people [81st of 183]
Tertiary enrollment 1.1% [143rd of 151]
Women to men parity index, as ratio of literacy rates, aged 15-24 0.77 [99th of 138]
World Organization of the Scout Movement > Members > Admits Boys/Girls both


SOURCES
World Development Indicators database; UNESCO; Source: UNESCO UIS Data | UNESCO Institute for Statistics; United Nations Human Development Programme; The Geography Zone; World Bank; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; Wikipedia: List of World Organization of the Scout Movement members

Health
 

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% immunized 1-year-old children > DPT3 89 [99th of 187]
% immunized 1-year-old children > Measles 71 [147th of 186]
% immunized 1-year-old children > Polio3 98 [30th of 187]
% immunized 1-year-old children > TB 90 [93rd of 153]
% immunized pregnant women tetanus 41 [41st of 54]
% of population using adequate sanitation facilities > Rural 98 [33rd of 140]
% of population using adequate sanitation facilities > Total 98 [40th of 144]
% of population using adequate sanitation facilities > Urban 98 [51st of 141]
% of population using improved drinking water sources > Rural 95 [36th of 146]
% of population using improved drinking water sources > Total 96 [44th of 150]
% of population using improved drinking water sources > Urban 98 [56th of 147]
% under-fives with ARI -- 10 [49th of 79]
% under-fives with ARI taken to health provider 49 [45th of 80]
Abortion law > National laws > Physical Health Yes
Access to sanitation 70% [80th of 129]
Adolescent fertility rate > births per 1,000 women ages 15-19 52.93 births [75th of 184]
ARI treatment > % of children under 5 taken to a health provider 49 % [29th of 52]
Birth rate, crude > per 1,000 people 34.35 per 1,000 people [34th of 195]
Births attended by skilled health staff > % of total 61.8 % [48th of 76]
Births with health staff 62% [69th of 116]
Children Underweight Rate 9% [22nd of 95]
Contraception 21% [73rd of 89]
Contraceptive prevalence > % of women ages 15-49 26 % [42nd of 57]
Dependency ratio per 100 81 [42nd of 166]
Diarrhea treatment > % of children under 5 receiving oral rehydration and continued feeding 31.3 % [35th of 47]
Drinking water availability % 96% [41st of 147]
Drug access 80% [68th of 163]
expenditure per capita > current US$ 13.2 $ [173rd of 186]
expenditure, private > % of GDP 1.21 % [159th of 187]
expenditure, public > % of GDP 1.59 % [156th of 187]
expenditure, total > % of GDP 2.8 % [178th of 187]
External resources for health > % of total expenditure on health 18.3 % [35th of 141]
External resources for health as % of total expenditure on health 43% [5th of 179]
Fertility rate, total > births per woman 3.76 births per woman [48th of 194]
Healthy life expectancy at birth, years > Females 55.3 [131st of 186]
Healthy life expectancy at birth, years > Males 53.9 [124th of 186]
Healthy life expectancy at birth, years > Total population 54.6 [128th of 186]
HIV AIDS > Adult prevalence rate 0.12% [105th of 136]
Hospital beds > per 1,000 people 2.76 per 1,000 people [74th of 149]
Immunization, DPT > % of children ages 12-23 months 80 % [146th of 190]
Immunization, measles > % of children ages 12-23 months 80 % [141st of 190]
Improved sanitation facilities > % of population with access 33 % [145th of 167]
Improved sanitation facilities, rural > % of rural population with access 29 % [132nd of 167]
Improved sanitation facilities, urban > % of urban population with access 41 % [166th of 173]
Improved water source > % of population with access 86 % [95th of 176]
Improved water source, rural > % of rural population with access 82 % [80th of 174]
Improved water source, urban > % of urban population with access 92 % [125th of 181]
Incidence of tuberculosis > per 100,000 people 45 per 100,000 people [115th of 200]
Infant mortality rate 77.22 [26th of 179]
Infant mortality rate > Female 60.28 deaths/1,000 live births [36th of 225]
Infant mortality rate > Male 76.65 deaths/1,000 live births [27th of 225]
Infant mortality rate > Total 68.58 deaths/1,000 live births [30th of 225]
life expectancy > Date of information 2006 est.
Life expectancy at birth > Female 65.55 years [167th of 226]
Life expectancy at birth > Male 60.72 years [170th of 226]
Life expectancy at birth > Total population 63.1 years [169th of 225]
Life expectancy at birth, female > years 64.02 years [132nd of 194]
Life expectancy at birth, male > years 61.33 years [128th of 194]
Life expectancy at birth, total > years 62.64 years [133rd of 194]
Life expectancy at birth, years > Females 66 [126th of 186]
Life expectancy at birth, years > Males 62 [124th of 186]
Life expectancy at birth, years > Total population 64 [125th of 186]
Malaria % under-fives sleeping under a bednet 36 [8th of 35]
Malaria % under-fives sleeping under a treated bednet 9 [4th of 28]
Malaria % under-fives with fever receiving anti-malarial drugs 63 [6th of 34]
Malaria cases > per 100,000 1,930 [33rd of 94]
Malaria prevention, use of insecticide-treated bed nets > % of under-5 population 9 % [5th of 27]
Malnutrition prevalence, height for age > % of children under 5 42.3 % [11th of 52]
Malnutrition prevalence, weight for age > % of children under 5 25.4 % [19th of 63]
Nutrition > % of children who are still breastfeeding 20-23 months 45 [40th of 105]
Nutrition > % of children who are � exclusively breastfed 6 months 21 [80th of 125]
Nutrition > % of households consuming iodized salt 82 [38th of 112]
Nutrition > % of under-fives suffering from stunting moderate & severe 42 [18th of 132]
Nutrition > % of under-fives suffering from underweight moderate & severe 25 [37th of 137]
Nutrition > % of under-fives suffering from underweight severe 9 [21st of 104]
Nutrition > % of under-fives suffering from wasting moderate & severe 12 [22nd of 128]
Oral rehydration rate % 22 [39th of 73]
Out-of-pocket expenditure as % of private health expenditure 100% [23rd of 185]
Out-of-pocket health expenditure > % of private expenditure on health 100 % [33rd of 185]
Per capita government expenditure on health in international dollars 16 [171st of 185]
Per capita total expenditure on health in international dollars 27 [180th of 185]
Physicians > per 1,000 people 0.15 per 1,000 people [41st of 148]
Population suffering from undernourishment in 1990-1992 29 % [37th of 106]
Population suffering from undernourishment in 2001-2003 28 % [27th of 108]
Pregnant women receiving prenatal care > % 74.3 % [41st of 62]
Prepaid plans as % of private expenditure on health 0% [125th of 159]
Prevalence of HIV, total > % of population ages 15-49 0.1 % [132nd of 148]
Prevalence of undernourishment > % of population 60 % [4th of 172]
Private expenditure on health as % of total expenditure on health 42% [92nd of 185]
Probability of dying before 5 > Females 95 per 1,000 people [51st of 187]
Probability of not reaching 40 20.6% [48th of 111]
Probability of reaching 65 > Female 58.6% [113rd of 159]
Probability of reaching 65 > Male 52.1% [111st of 159]
Total expenditure on health as % of GDP 2.9% [179th of 185]
Total fertility rate 4.8 [36th of 166]
Tuberculosis cases > Per 100,000 49 [79th of 165]
Tuberculosis cases detected under DOTS > % 48.9 % [120th of 178]
Tuberculosis treatment success rate > % of registered cases 94.12 % [11th of 171]
Unmet need for contraception > % of married women ages 15-49 34.6 % [1st of 13]
Water availability 1,700 cubic meters [130th of 169]

SOURCES
UNICEF; Wikipedia: Abortion law ; CIA World Factbook, December 2003; World Development Indicators database; WHO 2002a; UNICEF; UN (United Nations). 2002. United Nations Population Division Database on Contraceptive Use. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. January. New York; World Health Organization; World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Global Water Supply and Sanitation Assessment 2000 Report and updates provided by UNICEF to the United Nations Millennium Indicator Database; WHO (World Health Organization). 2001. Correspondence on access to essential drugs. Department of Essential Drugs and Medecines Policy. February. Geneva; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; CIA World Factbook, 28 July 2005; Wikipedia: List of countries by life expectancy ; UNHDR; Wikipedia: List of countries by percentage of population suffering from undernourishment ; The World Health Report 2001; UN 2001 via backone.pdf; UN (United Nations). 2001. World Population Prospects 1950-2050: The 2000 Revision. Database. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. New York.; UN (United Nations). 2001. World Population Prospects 1950-2050: The 2000 Revision. Database. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. New York

Food

 

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exports > % of merchandise exports 88.66 % [4th of 156]
imports > % of merchandise imports 21.86 % [22nd of 155]


SOURCES
World Development Indicators database

Language
 

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Languages
Arabic (official), French (official), Shikomoro (a blend of Swahili and Arabic)
Languages of the African Union > Illiteracy > Literacy rate 56.2 [150th of 174]


SOURCES
All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; Wikipedia: Languages of the African Union


2) Religion
 

Catholic > Diocesan priests 1 [140th of 143]
Catholic > Diocesan priests (per capita) 0.00148976 per 1,000 people [123rd of 143]
Catholic > Dioceses 1 [130th of 150]
Catholic > Dioceses (per capita) 0.00148976 per 1,000 people [45th of 148]
Catholic > Parishes 2 [141st of 149]
Catholic > Parishes (per capita) 0.00297953 per 1,000 people [122nd of 147]
Catholic > Religious Priests 3 [137th of 148]
Catholic > Religious Priests (per capita) 0.00446929 per 1,000 people [108th of 147]
Catholic > Total Priests 4 [140th of 149]
Catholic > Total Priests (per capita) 0.00595906 per 1,000 people [120th of 148]
Catholics 2,000 [140th of 140]
Catholics as percentage 0.28 [130th of 150]
Islam > Number of Muslim 686,000 [58th of 67]
Islam > Percentage 99% [8th of 164]
Islam > Percentage Muslim 99% [11th of 168]
Islam > Population 664,534 [80th of 165]
Islam > Shia 6,860 [65th of 67]
Islam > Shia to Muslim 1 % [58th of 67]
Islam > Sunni 679,140 [56th of 67]
Islam > Sunni to Muslim 99 % [5th of 67]
Jehovahs Witnesses 12 [175th of 178]
Jehovahs Witnesses (per capita) 0.0178772 per 1,000 people [173rd of 177]
Muslim 98 % [14th of 66]
Protestantism > By country > Protestants 1,678 [158th of 167]
Protestantism > By country > Protestants > % Protestant 0.25 % [149th of 163]
Religion in national flags > Islam > Religious characteristics
Star and crescent, green color symbolizes the tribe of Muhammed
Religions
Sunni Muslim 98%, Roman Catholic 2%
Religions > All
Sunni Muslim 98%, Roman Catholic 2%
Religions > Muslim 98 % [6th of 100]
Religions > Roman Catholic 2 % [95th of 96]
Roman Catholicism > By country > Roman Catholicism > % Catholic 0.03 % [163rd of 170]
Roman Catholicism > By country > Roman Catholicism > Catholic total 201 [166th of 170]
Seventh-day Adventist Membership 0 [231st of 232]
Seventh-day Adventist Membership (per capita) 0 per 10 million people [206th of 222]


SOURCES
Catholic Hierarchy.org; Wikipedia: Demographics of Islam ; CIA World Factbook; International Religious Freedom Report 2004, U.S. State Department; watchtower.org - 2002 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide; Wikipedia: Protestantism by country ; Wikipedia: Religion in national flags ; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; CIA World Factbook, 22 August 2006 ; Wikipedia: Roman Catholicism by country ; adventiststatistics.org 2004 Annual Report 31 December 2004


3) Media
 

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Average cost of local call 0.14 [16th of 151]
Computer, communications and other services > % of commercial service exports 6.85 % [136th of 153]
Computer, communications and other services > % of commercial service imports 7.08 % [144th of 155]
DVD region 5 [27th of 171]
E-Government rating 34 [150th of 182]
Fax machines 0.16 per 1,000 people [93rd of 103]
Fixed line and mobile phone subscribers > per 1,000 people 54.96 per 1,000 people [129th of 193]
HAM radio prefixes D6A - D6Z  
Households with television > % 11.18 % [122nd of 160]
International dialling code 269  
International voice traffic > out and in, minutes 18,682,540 min. [117th of 164]
    International voice traffic > out and in, minutes (per capita) 33.147 min. per capita [84th of 185]
Mobile phone subscribers 16,065 [165th of 198]
    Mobile phone subscribers (per capita) 26.753 per 1 million people [156th of 201]
Number of PCs 5 [164th of 169]
    Number of PCs (per capita) 0.074 per 10,000 people [144th of 169]
Personal computers 5,000 [153rd of 164]
    Personal computers (per capita) 8.504 per 1 million people [134th of 171]
Price basket for mobile > US$ per month 9.13 $/month [113rd of 185]
Price basket for residential fixed line > US$ per month 18.78 $/month [31st of 151]
Radio broadcast stations AM 1, FM 4, shortwave 1  
Radio receivers 90,000 [175th of 188]
    Radio receivers (per capita) 0.177 per capita [128th of 182]
Radios 90,000 [176th of 221]
    Radios (per capita) 134.079 per 1,000 people [167th of 212]
Telecommunications investment > % of revenue 42.15 % [24th of 165]
Telecommunications investment > current LCU 2191748000  
Telecommunications revenue > % GDP 4.88 % GDP [25th of 167]
Telecommunications revenue > current LCU 7473000000  
Telephone employees, total 172 [116th of 194]
    Telephone employees, total (per capita) 0.299 per 1,000 people [104th of 202]
Telephone faults > per 100 mainlines 55.82 per 100 mainlines [15th of 134]
Telephone mainlines 16,939 [136th of 202]
    Telephone mainlines (per capita) 28.209 per 1,000 people [112nd of 203]
Telephone subscribers 33,004 [139th of 199]
    Telephone subscribers (per capita) 0.049 per 1,000 people [129th of 201]
Telephone subscribers per employee 88.63 [112nd of 191]
Telephone system > Domestic
HF radiotelephone communications and microwave radio relay
Telephone system > General assessment
sparse system of microwave radio relay and HF radiotelephone communication stations; fixed-line connections only about 3 per 100 persons; mobile cellular usage about 5 per 100 persons
Telephone system > International
country code - 269; HF radiotelephone communications to Madagascar and Reunion
Telephones > Main lines in use 19,100 [144th of 174]
    Telephones > Main lines in use (per capita) 31.127 per 1,000 people [116th of 173]
Telephones > Mobile cellular 40,000 [160th of 186]
    Telephones > Mobile cellular (per capita) 56.226 per 1,000 people [156th of 185]
Television receivers 1,000 [182nd of 185]
    Television receivers (per capita) 1.972 per 1,000 people [175th of 179]
Televisions 1,000 [211st of 215]
    Televisions (per capita) 1.48976 per 1,000 people [207th of 209]


SOURCES
World Development Indicators database; Amazon.com; report presents the second annual update on global e-government, i.e., the delivery of public sector information and online services through the Internet. This report studies the features that are available online at national government websites. Using a detailed analysis of 1.197 government websites in 198 different nations, it measures the information and services that are online, chart the variations that exist across countries, and discuss how e-government sites vary by region of the world. In order to see how the 198 nations ranked overall, the E-Government Ranking 2002 created a 0 to 100 point index and applied it to each nation's websites based on the availability of contact information, publications, databases, portals, and number of online services. (2002); The Information for Development Program; hamcity.com; ITU; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; Source: UNESCO UIS Data | UNESCO Institute for Statistics; CIA World Factbook, December 2003

Internet

 

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Broadband subscribers 4 [116th of 117]
Broadband subscribers (per capita) 6.661 per 1 million people [114th of 146]
Country code .km
Hosts 8 [216th of 228]
Hosts (per capita) 10.932 per million people [200th of 222]
International Internet bandwidth > Mbps 2 Mbps [87th of 167]
International Internet bandwidth > Mbps (per $ GDP) 5.167 Mbps per $1 trillion of [73rd of 184]
International Internet bandwidth > Mbps (per capita) 3.331 Mbps per 1 billion peop [75th of 188]
Internet Service Providers 1 [196th of 229]
Internet Service Providers (per capita) 0.00148976 per 1,000 people [113rd of 215]
ISP 1 [139th of 162]
ISP (per capita) 1,850.73 per billion people [55th of 127]
Livejournal users 11 [225th of 226]
Price basket for Internet > US$ per month 37.92 $/month [42nd of 180]
Secure Internet servers 2 [160th of 183]
Secure Internet servers (per capita) 4.996 per 1 million people [102nd of 189]
TLD .km
Users 21,000 [144th of 190]
Users (per capita) 34.224 per 1,000 people [120th of 184]


SOURCES
World Development Indicators database; IANA: Internet Assigned Numbers Authority; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; CIA World Factbook, December 2003; LiveJournal


4) Tourism

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Nothing says adventure quite like Comoros. This little-known outpost (pronounced “Co-MORE-oh”; the s is silent) in the Mozambique Channel teems with wildlife and is waiting to be explored. Comoros isn’t for the fainthearted; it’s no stay at the Ritz, but white-sand beaches and the opportunity to venture off the beaten path make traveling to Comoros the experience of a lifetime.
The recent history of the archipelago has unfortunately been riddled with unrest. Since the former colony gained independence in 1975, 20 coups or attempted coups have been staged. The political situation has stabilized following democratic elections in 2002. Even though peaceful demonstrations can still quickly turn violent, Comoros has begun to see an increase in foreign investment and tourism.

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1. Volcanoes: The name Moroni translates as “in the heart of the fire“; that is because the city is so close to Mount Karthala, an active volcano. Although all of the islands are volcanic, Karthala is the only active volcano and is said to be the world’s largest. Only a day’s hike from Moroni, it has a crater accessible to travelers. There is a shelter at the top where visitors may rest for the night.
2. Ancienne Mosquée du Vendredi: Known in English as the Old Friday Mosque, this building overlooks the shallow harbor of Moroni and is a popular tourist destination. The white building contrasts dramatically with the dark volcanic rock at the bottom of the harbor.
3. Diving: Fantastic diving is to be had in the clear water off Comoros. Galawa Beach, on Grande Comore, has an excellent diving school, and Mayotte is surrounded by a coral reef that is now home to many exotic species of fish.
4. Beaches: The beaches in Comoros are superb, with white sand and clear water. Each island has a few good ones, but the beaches on Mohéli are considered the best.
5. Dziani Boundouni: While on Mohéli, visit this sulfurous crater lake, located in the middle of the island and a day’s hike from Fomboni, the capital of the island.
6. Native Wildlife: The wildlife of Comoros makes for a splendid sight. Famous for their prized turtle shells, the islands now protect the distinctive green turtle. The best place to see them is the marine reserve on the southern side of Mohéli. Comoros is also home to many distinctive birds and insects that are now threatened with extinction.
7. Istandra: Just outside Morini is this small village that was once the capital of the islands and boasts royal tombs, a fortress, and an amazing beach.
8. Local Boats: Dhows are a type of Arab sailboat that was seen around Comoros more often in ancient times. Travelers can still see them under construction on the beach at Fomboni.
9. Anjouan: The island of Anjouan has some of the best examples of Swahili architecture, with its 17th-century homes and carved doors. The island is also known for its lush vegetation and breathtaking waterfalls.
10. Folk Dancing: As a country where people still observe rich traditions and customs, Comoros is also known for its folk dancers. The energetic dancing can be seen throughout the islands but especially in Istandra and Mistamiouli.
11. Perfumes: Comoros’s largest export is perfume essences and the fragrant spices that are used for making them. Vanilla, cloves, and ylang-ylang are among the top. Try to go on a tour of one of the distilleries where the essential oils are processed; a local might even be willing to make you a custom perfume. Many of the distilleries are located in Bambao.

When to Go
Comoros is tropical with relatively constant and stable weather. It has two seasons: the wet season is warmer and lasts from December to April. Temperatures usually reach around 85 degrees Fahrenheit (18.5 degrees Celsius) during the wet season. The dry season is cooler, with lows dipping to around 65 degrees Fahrenheit, and lasts from May to November. The warmest month is usually March. Because of its proximity to the equator, Comoros isn’t particularly vulnerable to cyclones.

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