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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see Reunion (disambiguation).
Réunion
La Réunion
Overseas region & department of France
Flag of Réunion
Flag
Coat of arms of Réunion
Coat of arms
Motto: Florebo quocumque ferar
Département 974 in France (zoom).svg
Country France
PrefectureSaint-Denis
Departments1
Government
 • President of Regional CouncilDidier Robert
Area
 • Total2,511 km2(970 sq mi)
Population (Jan. 2013)[1]
 • Total844,994
 • Density340/km2(870/sq mi)
Time zoneRET (UTC+04)
ISO 3166 codeRE
GDP (2013)[2]Ranked
Total€16.7 billion (US$22.2 bn)
Per capita€19,854 (US$26,369)
NUTS RegionFRA
WebsitePrefecture
Regional Council
Departmental Council
Réunion[discuss spelling] (FrenchLa RéunionIPA: [la ʁeynjɔ̃]; previously Île Bourbon) is a French island located in theIndian Ocean. It is situated east of Madagascar and about 175 kilometres (109 mi) southwest of Mauritius, the nearest island. As of 2014, its population numbered 844,994 inhabitants.[1]
The island has been inhabited since the the 17th century, when people from Europe (mostly France), Madagascar and Africa settled there. Slavery was abolished on 20th December 1848 (a date celebrated yearly on the island), after which indentured workers were brought from South India, among other places. The island became an overseas department of France in 1946.
The local language, spoken by the majority of the population, is Réunion Creole. The official language is French.
Administratively, Réunion is one of the overseas departments of France. Like the other four overseas departments, it is also one of the 27 regions of France, with the modified status of overseas regions, and an integral part of the Republic with the same status as those situated on the European mainland. Réunion is an outermost region of the European Union and, as an overseas department of France, a part of the Eurozone.[3]

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