Mauritian Culture

Do's and Don'ts

Do’s

  • Be respective of Mauritius’ diversity. Many people feel connected to their ethnic and religious communities and may be offended if this is not respected.
  • When conversing with your Mauritian counterpart, inquire into the well-being of their family. Family life is considerably important to Mauritians.
  • Always greet and say goodbye to people, no matter who they are. It is common for people to exchange a ‘bonjour’ (‘hello’) or ‘bonne journee’ (‘have a good day’) when leaving, particularly to service providers.
  • Be considerate about how you present yourself. Modesty is highly valued in Mauritius and conservative dress is an expectation for many.


Do Not’s

  • Try not to act too demonstratively as it may lead your Mauritian counterpart to consider you as poor-mannered or ‘suavaze’ (‘savage’).
  • Do not assume one’s ethnic or religious affiliation. Rather, allow your counterpart to inform you to avoid causing offence.
  • Try not to speak in a language that others aren’t comfortable expressing themselves in. For instance, some people might find it hard to understand English or French. If possible, try to communicate in a language that both people are comfortable with.
  • Do not make ethnicity-related jokes, especially in public. This is highly frowned upon for many Mauritians.
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Mauritius
  • Population
    1,348,242
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Kreol (86.5%)
    Bhojpuri (5.3%)
    French (4.1%)
    Other (2.6%)
    Two languages (1.4%)
    Unspecified (0.1%)
    [2011 est.]
  • Religions
    Hinduism (48.5%)
    Roman Catholic Christianity (26.3%)
    Islam (17.3%)
    Other Christianity (6.4%)
    Other (0.6%)
    None (0.7%)
    [2011 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    Indo-Mauritian
    Creole
    Sino-Mauritian
    Franco-Mauritian
  • Australians with Mauritian Ancestry
    30,749 [2016 census]
Mauritians in Australia
  • Population
    24,329
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Mauritius.
  • Average Age
    47
  • Gender
    Male (49.4%)
    Female (50.6%)
  • Religion
    Roman Catholic Christianity (69.1%)
    Hinduism (9.1%)
    Christianity [nfd] (2.7%)
    Other (14.4%)
    No Religion (4.7%)
  • Ancestry
    Mauritian (51.8%)
    French (17.2%)
    Chinese (7.8%)
    Indian (6.8%)
    Other (16.4%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    French (53.9%)
    English (24.3%)
    Mauritian Creole (11.4%)
    French Creole [nfd] (8.3%)
    Other (2.1%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 95.7% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    Victoria (49.8%)
    New South Wales (24.7%)
    Western Australia (16.9%)
    Queensland (6.3%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (63.4%)
    2001-2006 (11.2%)
    2007-2011 (22.5%)
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