TV and radio services are provided by the French public overseas broadcaster, RFO.
As a French overseas territory, it has the same political status as other departments in mainland France.
Densely-populated and ethnically diverse, the island’s capital of Saint-Denis is home to one-fifth of the population.
Reunion has traditionally prospered from the cultivation of sugar cane but tourism and financial aid from Paris help underpin the economy.
A large wealth gap had fuelled social tensions in more recent times. Unemployment is high, particularly among the young and emigration is common.
Reunion has a tropical climate and diverse landscape. It is home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes, the Piton de la Fournaise, which is also a World Heritage site
Status: French overseas territory
Major Languages: French (Official), Creole
Life expectancy: 74 years (men), 82 years (women)
Currency: Euro (1 ZAR = 0.06 EUR)
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