Celvin Ruisdael notified me of sources  and . I have used them to fill in some history.
Mauritius went on daylight saving time in 2008-09, but only for that one season.
ISO 3166-2 Newsletter number I-4, was released on 2002-12-10. In "Administrative Subdivisions of
Countries", I reported that ISO 3166-2 (at that time in draft form) showed Mauritius divided into
five cities, nine districts, and three dependencies. In my opinion, the five cities were not
really first-level subdivisions, but were parts of two of the districts. The standard listed
Port Louis city and Port Louis district, both with the code
MU-PL. I didn't point out
the ambiguity of the code, because I wasn't treating Port Louis city as a subdivision. In this
newsletter, ISO has apparently recognized the code conflict, and changed the code for Port Louis
Although Mauritius was a British colony from 1814 until it gained independence on 1968-03-12, its
place names retain a strong flavor of older times when it was the French colony of Île de France.
Other names of country:
- Danish: Mauritius
- Dutch: Mauritius, Republiek Mauritius (formal)
- English: Republic of Mauritius (formal)
- Finnish: Mauritius
- French: Maurice f
- German: Mauritius n
- Icelandic: Máritíus
- Italian: Maurizio
- Norwegian: Mauritius, Republikken Mauritius (formal)
- Portuguese: Maurício m, Maurícia, Maurícias fp, Ilha f Maurício (Portugal), República f do Maurício (formal)
- Russian: Республика Маврикий (formal)
- Spanish: Mauricio m
- Swedish: Mauritius
- Turkish: Mauritius Cumhuriyeti (formal)
Origin of name:
named by early explorers after Maurice of Nassau (1567-1625)
Mauritius is divided into nine districts, two dependencies, and one region.
| || ||70||27||Port Louis|
| || ||1||0||Port Louis|
|126,839||112,773||298||115||Centre de Flacq|
|358,182||321,713||205||79||Beau Bassin-Rose Hill|
|Rivière du Rempart||d|
- Typ: d = district, p = dependency, r = region
- HASC: Hierarchical administrative subdivision
codes. If periods are replaced by
hyphens, these are the same as the district codes from
ISO standard 3166-2.
- FIPS: Codes from FIPS PUB 10-4.
- Pop-2000: 2000-07-02 census
- Pop-1990: 1990-07-01 census
In addition to the divisions listed above, ISO 3166-2 lists the following five cities. The FIPS
standard also listed them, calling them "urban councils", until 1991. They are all located within
Plaines Wilhems district, except Port Louis, which is in Port Louis district.
|Beau Bassin-Rose Hill|
- The districts (as opposed to the dependencies and region) are all mainly located on Mauritius
- Agalega Islands is an island group north of Mauritius.
- Black River includes Île aux Bénitiers (Île Morne).
- Cargados Carajos consists of a set of islets north of Mauritius, called the Cargados Carajos
Shoals (Saint Brandon Rocks).
- Flacq includes Île aux Cerfs.
- Rivière du Rempart includes Flat Island, Gabriel Island, Gunner's Quoin, Île d'Ambre, and Round
- Rodrigues is an island east of Mauritius, with a few adjacent islets and shoals.
Origins of names:
Pamplemousses: French for grapefruit (plural)
The divisions of Mauritius according to the 1952 census were these:
|Rivière du Rempart||66,995||40,323|
- District: Rodrigues is a
dependency. In the 1972 report,
dependencies" explicitly means
Agalega Islands and Saint Brandon.
- Pop-72: 1972-06-30 census
- Pop-52: 1952-06-29 census
- 1965-11-08: Chagos Archipelago dependency split from Mauritius to form British Indian Ocean
- Source  (1971) shows Mauritius divided into three district councils, five urban councils,
and three dependencies. The district councils (and their capitals) were Moka-Flacq (Quartier
Militaire), North (Mapou), and South (Rose Belle). The urban councils were Beau Bassin-Rose Hill,
Curepipe, Port Louis, Quatre Bornes, and Vacoas-Phoenix. The dependencies were Agalega Islands,
Cargados Carajos Shoals, and Rodrigues Island. The urban councils are the same as the cities
mentioned under "Further subdivisions". I believe that these governmental divisions are less
representative than the geographical divisions in the main table.
- ~1976: Moka-Flacq district council (capital Quartier Militaire, FIPS code MP05) split into
Flacq and Moka districts. North district council (capital Triolet, FIPS code MP06) split into
Pamplemousses and Rivière du Rempart districts. South district council (capital Rose Belle, FIPS
code MP10) split into Black River, Grand Port, Plaines Wilhems, and Savanne districts. The five
urban councils were apparently absorbed into their respective districts.
- 2001-11-20: Status of Rodrigues Island changed from dependency to island region.
Other names of subdivisions:
- Cargados Carajos: Saint-Brandon (variant)
- Rodrigues: Rodriguez (obsolete)
-  L'Évaluation des effectifs de la population des pays Africains, Tome I. Groupe de
Démographie Africaine, Paris, 1982.
-  There were maps showing the wards on Mauritius Island and the zones on Rodrigues Island at
http://ncb.intnet.mu/cso/report/hpcen00/Demogra/appen3.htm, respectively (retrieved 2002-12-15).
The links are dead now.
-  Geographic Report No. 16, issued by the office of the Geographer, Department of State,
-  Demographic
Yearbook , 7th Ed. Statistical Office of the United Nations, New
York, 1955 (retrieved 2011-08-20).
-  Annual Digest of Statistics
2009 , Vol. 54. Ministry of Finance and Economic Development,
Central Statistics Office, 2010-07 (retrieved 2011-09-17). Contains data from sixteen censuses
1851-2000, limited to total population of the country (excluding dependencies), of Mauritius
Island, and of Rodrigues Island (p. 14). Also contains 1990 and 2000 census data by district
-  1979 Demographic
Yearbook , 31st Ed. Statistical Office, United Nations, New York, 1980