Reunion Island

Reunionese culture is a blend of European, African, Indian, Chinese, and insular traditions.

 The most widely spoken language is Reunion Creole, which derives from French.

Administratively, Reunion is one of the overseas departments of France. Like the other overseas departments, Reunion is also one of the 27 regions of France and an integral part of the Republic with the same status as those situated on the European mainland.

Reunion Island was discovered by the Portuguese in the early 16th century and was uninhabited at the time.

Reunion has people of many different ethnic origins. Over the years, French cultural influences have had such an overwhelming impact on the people of different races that live on the island that behavior patterns and social norms conform to the French.

Despite that, in homes and within particular ethnic groups, traditional ways and practices are kept alive and passed from generation to generation.

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  • Capital: Saint-Denis
  • Population: 840,974
  • Area: 970 sq. mi.
  • Nationality: French Region - multiple nationalities
  • Language: French, Reunion Creole
  • Climate: Tropical, but temperature moderates with elevation
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