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Here are some interesting facts about Reunion - Category: Introduction - Background: The Portuguese discovered the uninhabited island in 1513. From the 17th to the 19th centuries, French immigration, supplemented by influxes of Africans, Chinese, Malays, and Malabar Indians, gave the island its ethnic mix. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 cost the island its importance as a stopover on the East Indies trade route.

Category: Government - Dependency status: overseas department of France

Category: People - Death rate (deaths/1,000 population): 5.49 deaths/1,000 population (2006 estimate)

Category: Economy - Imports: .306 billion c.i.f. (2002)

Category: Geography - Terrain: mostly rugged and mountainous; fertile lowlands along coast

Category: Transportation - Ports and terminals: Le Port

Category: Communications - Internet hosts: 29 (2006)

Category: Military - Military branches: no regular indigenous military forces; French forces (includes Army, Navy, Air Force, and Gendarmerie) (2005)

Category: Transnational Issues - Disputes - international: none

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  1. Government - Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

  2. Communications - Telephones - main lines in use: 300,000 (2001)

  3. People - Age structure (%): 0-14 years: 29.8% (male 120,147/female 114,589); 15-64 years: 64% (male 248,895/female 255,156); 65 years and over: 6.2% (male 19,847/female 28,950) (2006 estimate)

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2028.html