Home to the Indian Ocean region’s largest port facilities as well as being a major African financial center, Port Louis is the Republic of Mauritius’ capital city. Mauritius is a country comprised of several islands clustered near Africa’s southeastern coast.
Port Louis is a historic colonial town with a busy port that drives the country’s economy along with tourism and manufacturing. Mauritius exported US$2.2 billion around the globe worth of goods in 2016.
The nation’s highest-value exported products are clothing, mobile phones, diamonds and frozen fish according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Port Louis, Mauritius: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Citadel Fort Adelaide, Bank of Mauritius Tower, Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre and Caudan Waterfront Casino
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Port Louis, Mauritius:
- Jean Roussel, composer, arranger & record producer (born 1951)
- Michael Medor, Olympic lightweight boxer (born May 23, 1982)
- Stéphano Honoré (aka Menwar), singer & percussionist (born Oct. 21, 1955)
- Gilles Marquet, Olympic swimmer (born Jan. 11, 1994)
- Ram Ruhee, Olympic committee & FIFA executive (born Oct. 12, 1927)
- Michael Macaque, Olympic super-heavyweight boxer (born Aug. 15, 1974)
- Elodie Li Yuk Lo, Olympic beach volleyball (born Sep. 29, 1982)
- Arvin Boolello, former foreign minister (born May 26, 1953)
- Frederick Ireland, cricket player (born Apr. 6, 1860)
- Herbert Rawson, soccer player/footballer (born Sep. 3, 1852)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of Port Louis: Mauritian
Population: 149,194 (Port Louis)
Density: 18 people per square mile (47 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,348,242 (Mauritius)
Density: 784 people per square mile (2,030 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$25.85 billion in 2016 (for Mauritius, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person:$20,500
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Port Louis were unavailable.
Official currency used in Port Louis: Mauritian rupee
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 21, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 21, 2017
Guinness World Records, Explore Records Online. Accessed on January 21, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on January 21, 2017
Official Government Website, Republic of Mauritius. Accessed on January 21, 2017
The World Factbook, Africa: Mauritius, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 21, 2017
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas – Population, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 21, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 21, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Port Louis. Accessed on January 21, 2017
Wikipedia, Port Louis District. Accessed on January 21, 2017
Wikipedia, Capital Districts and Territories. Accessed on January 21, 2017
Including municipal city limits plus nearby communities, Port Louis’ land area measures 18 square miles (47 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 149,194 residents in 2015.
At the country level, Mauritius has a population equal to 1.3 million inhabitants as of July 2016. The nation’s total land territory is 784 square miles (2,030 square kilometers).
Population density is more concentrated within the Mauritian capital city Port Louis with an average 8,300 inhabitants per square mile (3,200 per square kilometer).
For Mauritius overall, population density drops significantly to an average 1,700 people per square mile (700 per square kilometer).
Mauritius won its independence from the United Kingdom on March 12, 1968. Mauritians celebrate each March 12 as their Independence Day alternatively called Republic Day.