La Réunion est une île de formation volcanique de l’Océan Indien dans l’archipel des Mascareignes. Elle se situe à environ 700 km à l’est de Madagascar et à 200 km au sud-ouest de l’île Maurice. Inhabitée jusqu'en 1665, son territoire de 2 512 km² compte aujourd’hui, trois siècles et demi plus tard, près de 800 000 habitants, d’origines africaines, européennes et asiatiques, souvent très métissées. Administrativement, La Réunion est en France à la fois une région d’outre-mer et un département d’outre-mer (numéro 974), ainsi qu’une région ultrapériphérique de l’Union Européenne .
Reunion is an island and overseas department of France, located in the Indian Ocean east of ► Madagascar, about 200 km southwest of ► Mauritius, the nearest island. Reunion is one of the twenty-six regions of France (being an overseas region) and is a constituent part of the French Republic with the same status as those regions which are situated on the European mainland.
Overseas region and constituent part of the French Republic (French since 1815)
Map showing the location of Reunion in the Indian Ocean
Climate map of Reunion
Satellite image of Reunion
Carte de 1763
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