Mauritian Culture

Business Culture

Meetings

  • Be punctual to a meeting, although your Mauritian counterpart may be late. If you are running late, advise your Mauritian counterpart.
  • Shake hands with each person present at the start of a meeting. A nod of acknowledgment accompanied with a verbal greeting is insufficient.
  • Exchanging business cards is a common practice, so have plenty with you before entering a meeting.
  • Many Mauritians prefer to be provided with brochures and price lists in a physical copy.


Considerations

  • Titles are generally used in an abbreviated form in correspondence to others (e.g. “Dear Dr Chan”).
  • Once there is a degree of familiarity, titles can be disregarded without offense when interacting in person.
  • Acceptable dress codes tend to differ depending on the company. For the most part, the dress code tends to be formal.
  • An effective way to develop networks in Mauritius is through dinners and lunches with local representatives and customers.
  • On the Corruption Perception Index (2017), Mauritius ranks 54th out of 180 countries, receiving a score of 50 (on a scale from 0 to 100). This perception suggests that the country’s public sector is moderately clean from corruption.
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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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