About Rodrigues
Geography and Climate
Rodrigues is a constituent island of the Republic of Mauritius with an economy mostly based on agriculture, handicraft and fishing. The island, the smallest of the Mascarene archipelago, is situated at latitude 19°43’S and longitude 63°25’E in the Indian Ocean.
Stretching over a surface area of 108 km2, Rodrigues Island is 18 km long, 8 km wide and lies some 650 km to the north-east of Mauritius. Born from volcanic activity between 1.3 and 1.5 million years ago, it is a mountainous island with many valleys.

The island enjoys a tropical climate with temperatures varying between 28ºC and 35°C during the Southern summer, and between 18ºC and 27°C in winter. The cyclonic season begins in the month of November till April.
As at 01 July 2019, the island had an estimated population of 43 538 with 21 349 males and 22 189 females. Presently, the number of youth in Rodrigues stands at 7 699 and that of the elderly population is at 3 747.
(Source: Statistics Mauritius)
43 538
Source: Statistics Mauritius

Since October 2001, Rodrigues Island has an autonomous status within the Republic with its own Regional Assembly and an Executive Council for the framing and implementation of its socioeconomic policies. It is administered by a Regional Assembly and elections are held every five years.

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