The Comoros is a volcanic archipelago off Africa’s east coast, in the warm Indian Ocean waters of the Mozambique Channel. The nation state’s largest island, Grande Comore (Ngazidja) is ringed by beaches and old lava from active Mt. Karthala volcano. Clustered around the port in the capital, Moroni, carved doors and the white colonnaded Ancienne Mosquée du Vendredi recall the islands’ Arab heritage.
President: Azali Assoumani
Currency: Comorian franc
Population: 734,917 (2013) World Bank
Official languages: French, Arabic, Comorian
Points of interest: Mount Karthala, Moheli Marine Park, more