Officially the Republic of Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometers (1,200 mi) off the south-east coast of the African continent. It includes the eponymous main island of Mauritius and Rodrigues, Agaléga and St. Brandon.
The islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues form part of the Mascarene Islands, along with nearby Réunion, a French overseas department. The capital and largest city, Port Louis, is located on Mauritius, where most of the population is concentrated. The country spans 2,040 square kilometers (790 sq mi) and has an Exclusive Economic Zone covering 2.3 million square kilometers.