|Population growth rate
||26.10 births per 1,000 population
|65 years and above
||0.94 M / F
||378.65 residents per kmē
|(Z 2003) Moroni (Njazidja) 40,050, Mutsamudu
20,828, Fomboni 12,881, Domoni 10,073, Ouani 8841
|Njazidja 296.177, Nzwani 243.732, Mwali 35.751 - 97%
|Muslims (Sunnis) 98%, Catholics (Roman Catholic) 2%
|Human Development Index (HDI)
People in Comoros
Most of the residents of the Comoros live on the
island of Nzwami, also called Anjouan. The Komorans -
that's the name of the people who live there - are
mostly immigrants and come from all corners of the
world, for example from India, Africa, the Arab region
and Indonesia. Depending on which island you are on, the
Arab or African influences are greater. The islands of
Njazidja and Nzwami, for example, are more strongly
influenced by the Islamic faith.
There is often little exchange between the
residents of the islands. They mostly live in small
villages right on the coast. People's life is very
A major problem in the Comoros is the lack of
education. So many people there cannot read or write at
all. Child mortality is high. There are many young
people living on the islands.
Languages in Comoros
Comorian, Arabic and French are the official
languages in the Comoros. Comorian is closely related
to Swahili, a language that is widely spoken in East
Africa. Comorian is spoken as a mother tongue by almost
all residents. However, each island has its own dialect
: on the island of Anjouan, for example, the dialect
Shindzuani is spoken and on Grande Comore the dialect
Shingadzija is spoken. Comorian is mostly written in
Arabic script. But you can also write it with Latin
letters (these are the ones you are reading right now).
Many Comorans learn Arabic when they study the Koran.
However, the language of instruction in schools is
French, a legacy from the colonial days.
Religions in Comoros
Most of them are of the Muslim faith and have a Sunni
orientation. 99 out of 100 residents are Muslims. Only
one in 100 adheres to Christianity.