[citation needed] The island might also have been visited by Swahili or Austronesian (Ancient Indonesian–Malaysian) sailors on their journey to the west from the Malay Archipelago to Madagascar. According to estimates, Whites make up roughly one quarter of the population,[29] Malbars make up more than 25% of the population and people of Chinese ancestry form roughly 3%. [5] The island is possibly featured on a map from 1153 AD by Al Sharif el-Edrisi. Located in the Mascarene Archipelago, Reunion Island – a French overseas department – offers travellers the exoticism of a tropical island in the Indian Ocean. This occurs when lava contacts water, it cools rapidly and shatters into the sand and fragmented debris of various size. [36], Because of the diverse population, other languages are also spoken, including Comorian language varieties (especially Shimaore), Malagasy by recent immigrants from Mayotte and Madagascar, Mandarin, Hakka and Cantonese by members of the Chinese community, but fewer people speak these languages as younger generations start to converse in French and Réunion Creole. Laurent Robert and ex-Hibernian and Celtic player Didier Agathe have also featured in movies. At the crossroads of European, African and Asian cultures, Reunion is a true melting pot. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in the United States. Beyond the reach of cars, untamed village Cirque de Mafate shows the island's wildest side. [18] It is a white sand beach lined with casuarina trees under which the locals often organise picnics. Over about two decades in the late 20th century (1963–1982), 1,630 children from Réunion were relocated to rural areas of metropolitan France, particularly to Creuse, ostensibly for education and work opportunities. Join today. Religious Intelligence estimates Christians to be 86.9% of the population, followed by Hindus (6.7%) and Muslims (3.2%). The island is 63 km (39 mi) long; 45 km (28 mi) wide; and covers 2,512 km2 (970 sq mi). Local names for these are Yabs, Cafres, Malbars and Chinois. Réunion (French: La Réunion [la ʁe.y.njɔ̃] (listen); previously Île Bourbon) is an overseas department and region of the French Republic and an Indian Ocean island in East Africa, east of Madagascar and 175 km (109 mi) southwest of Mauritius. [39], Sugar was traditionally the chief agricultural product and export. Home to one of the world's most active volcanoes, snow-capped Piton de Fournaise, Reunion is a little known gem. [23] In July 2013, the Prefect of Réunion Michel Lalande announced a ban on swimming, surfing, and bodyboarding off more than half of the coast. [30] The percentages for mixed race people and those of Afro-Malagasy origins vary widely in estimates. Stream hours of classic travel shows on LPTV. Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Réunion&oldid=983399070, French-speaking countries and territories, States and territories established in 1946, 1946 establishments in the French colonial empire, Articles with French-language sources (fr), CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown, Short description is different from Wikidata, Pages using infobox settlement with possible motto list, Articles containing potentially dated statements from January 2020, All articles containing potentially dated statements, Articles with unsourced statements from August 2015, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz area identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SELIBR identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SUDOC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat identifiers, France geography articles needing translation from French Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Petroleum and coal products manufacturing, Non-food and non-petroleum/coal manufacturing, Professional, scientific and technical services, Other (entertainment, repair, personal and laundry services), Education, health care, elderly care, child day-care, This page was last edited on 14 October 2020, at 01:05.

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