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 for Reunion
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reunion \Re*un"ion\, n. [Pref. re- + union: cf. F. r['e]union.]
     1. A second union; union formed anew after separation,
        secession, or discord; as, a reunion of parts or particles
        of matter; a reunion of parties or sects.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. An assembling of persons who have been separated, as of a
        family, or the members of a disbanded regiment; an
        assembly so composed.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a party of former associates who have come together again
      2: the act of coming together again; "monetary unification
         precipitated the reunification of the German state in October
         1990" [syn: reunion, reunification]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  18 Moby Thesaurus words for "reunion":
     affair, at home, gathering, get-together, levee, making up,
     matinee, rapprochement, reception, reconcilement, reconciliation,
     salon, sociable, social, social affair, social gathering, soiree,

From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

     Introduction Reunion
                              Background: The Portuguese discovered the
                                          uninhabited island in 1513. From the
                                          17th to the 19th centuries, French
                                          immigration supplemented by influxes
                                          of Africans, Chinese, Malays, and
                                          Malabar Indians gave the island its
                                          ethnic mix. The opening of the Suez
                                          Canal in 1869 cost the island its
                                          importance as a stopover on the East
                                          Indies trade route.
     Geography Reunion
                                Location: Southern Africa, island in the
                                          Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar
                  Geographic coordinates: 21 06 S, 55 36 E
                          Map references: World
                                    Area: total: 2,512 sq km
                                          water: 10 sq km
                                          land: 2,502 sq km
                      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Rhode Island
                         Land boundaries: 0 km
                               Coastline: 207 km
                         Maritime claims: exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
                                          territorial sea: 12 NM
                                 Climate: tropical, but temperature moderates
                                          with elevation; cool and dry from
                                          May to November, hot and rainy from
                                          November to April
                                 Terrain: mostly rugged and mountainous;
                                          fertile lowlands along coast
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
                                          highest point: Piton des Neiges
                                          3,069 m
                       Natural resources: fish, arable land, hydropower
                                Land use: arable land: 13.2%
                                          permanent crops: 2%
                                          other: 84.8% (1998 est.)
                          Irrigated land: 120 sq km (1998 est.)
                         Natural hazards: periodic, devastating cyclones
                                          (December to April); Piton de la
                                          Fournaise on the southeastern coast
                                          is an active volcano
            Environment - current issues: NA
                        Geography - note: this mountainous, volcanic island
                                          has an active volcano, Piton de la
                                          Fournaise; there is a tropical
                                          cyclone center at Saint-Denis, which
                                          is the monitoring station for the
                                          whole of the Indian Ocean
     People Reunion
                              Population: 743,981 (July 2002 est.)
                           Age structure: 0-14 years: 31.7% (male 120,864;
                                          female 115,251)
                                          15-64 years: 62.5% (male 228,864;
                                          female 235,991)
                                          65 years and over: 5.8% (male
                                          17,459; female 25,552) (2002 est.)
                  Population growth rate: 1.52% (2002 est.)
                              Birth rate: 20.7 births/1,000 population (2002
                              Death rate: 5.51 deaths/1,000 population (2002
                      Net migration rate: 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2002
                               Sex ratio: at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
                                          under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
                                          15-64 years: 0.97 male(s)/female
                                          65 years and over: 0.68 male(s)/
                                          total population: 0.98 male(s)/
                                          female (2002 est.)
                   Infant mortality rate: 8.31 deaths/1,000 live births (2002
                Life expectancy at birth: total population: 73.18 years
                                          female: 76.74 years (2002 est.)
                                          male: 69.78 years
                    Total fertility rate: 2.55 children born/woman (2002 est.)
        HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: NA%
       HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/ NA
                       HIV/AIDS - deaths: NA
                             Nationality: noun: Reunionese (singular and
                                          adjective: Reunionese
                           Ethnic groups: French, African, Malagasy, Chinese,
                                          Pakistani, Indian
                               Religions: Roman Catholic 86%, Hindu, Muslim,
                                          Buddhist (1995)
                               Languages: French (official), Creole widely
                                Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read
                                          and write
                                          total population: 79%
                                          male: 76%
                                          female: 80% (1982 est.)
     Government Reunion
                            Country name: conventional long form: Department
                                          of Reunion
                                          conventional short form: Reunion
                                          local short form: Ile de la Reunion
                                          local long form: none
                                          former: Bourbon Island
                       Dependency status: overseas department of France
                         Government type: NA
                                 Capital: Saint-Denis
                Administrative divisions: none (overseas department of
                                          France); there are no first-order
                                          administrative divisions as defined
                                          by the US Government, but there are
                                          4 arrondissements, 24 communes, and
                                          47 cantons
                            Independence: none (overseas department of France)
                        National holiday: Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
                            Constitution: 28 September 1958 (French
                            Legal system: French law
                                Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
                        Executive branch: chief of state: President Jacques
                                          CHIRAC of France (since 17 May
                                          1995), represented by Prefect
                                          Gonthier FRIEDERICI (since NA)
                                          elections: French president elected
                                          by popular vote for a five-year
                                          term; prefect appointed by the
                                          French president on the advice of
                                          the French Ministry of the Interior;
                                          the presidents of the General and
                                          Regional Councils are elected by the
                                          members of those councils
                                          head of government: President of the
                                          General Council Jean-Luc POUDROUX
                                          (since NA March 1998) and President
                                          of the Regional Council Paul VERGES
                                          (since NA March 1993)
                                          cabinet: NA
                      Legislative branch: unicameral General Council (49
                                          seats; members are elected by
                                          direct, popular vote to serve six-
                                          year terms) and a unicameral
                                          Regional Council (45 seats; members
                                          are elected by direct, popular vote
                                          to serve six-year terms)
                                          elections: General Council - last
                                          held NA March 1998 (next to be held
                                          NA 2004); Regional Council - last
                                          held 15 March 1998 (next to be held
                                          NA 2004)
                                          election results: General Council -
                                          percent of vote by party - NA%;
                                          seats by party - various right-wing
                                          candidates 27, PCR 10, PS 10, other
                                          left-wing candidates 2; Regional
                                          Council - percent of vote by party -
                                          NA%; seats by party - PCR 7, UDF 8,
                                          PS 6, RPR 4, various right-wing
                                          candidates 15, various left-wing
                                          candidates 5
                                          note: Reunion elects three
                                          representatives to the French
                                          Senate; elections last held NA 2001
                                          (next to be held NA 2006); results -
                                          percent of vote by party - NA%;
                                          seats by party - NA; Reunion also
                                          elects five deputies to the French
                                          National Assembly; elections last
                                          held 9 June-16 June 2002 (next to be
                                          held NA 2007); results - percent of
                                          vote by party - NA%; seats by party
                                          - NA
                         Judicial branch: Court of Appeals or Cour d'Appel
           Political parties and leaders: Communist Party of Reunion or PCR
                                          [Paul VERGES]; Rally for the
                                          Republic or RPR [Andre Maurice
                                          PIHOUEE]; Socialist Party or PS
                                          [Jean-Claude FRUTEAU]; Union for
                                          French Democracy or UDF [Gilbert
            Political pressure groups and NA
               International organization FZ, InOC, WFTU
     Diplomatic representation in the US: none (overseas department of France)
       Diplomatic representation from the none (overseas department of France)
                        Flag description: the flag of France is used
     Economy Reunion
                      Economy - overview: The economy has traditionally been
                                          based on agriculture. Sugarcane has
                                          been the primary crop for more than
                                          a century, and in some years it
                                          accounts for 85% of exports. The
                                          government has been pushing the
                                          development of a tourist industry to
                                          relieve high unemployment, which
                                          amounts to more than 40% of the
                                          labor force. The gap in Reunion
                                          between the well-off and the poor is
                                          extraordinary and accounts for the
                                          persistent social tensions. The
                                          white and Indian communities are
                                          substantially better off than other
                                          segments of the population, often
                                          approaching European standards,
                                          whereas minority groups suffer the
                                          poverty and unemployment typical of
                                          the poorer nations of the African
                                          continent. The outbreak of severe
                                          rioting in February 1991 illustrates
                                          the seriousness of socioeconomic
                                          tensions. The economic well-being of
                                          Reunion depends heavily on continued
                                          financial assistance from France.
                                     GDP: purchasing power parity - $3.4
                                          billion (1998 est.)
                  GDP - real growth rate: 3.8% (1998 est.)
                        GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $4,800
                                          (1998 est.)
             GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: NA%
                                          industry: NA%
                                          services: NA%
           Population below poverty line: NA%
       Household income or consumption by lowest 10%: NA%
                        percentage share: highest 10%: NA%
        Inflation rate (consumer prices): NA%
                             Labor force: 261,000 (1995)
             Labor force - by occupation: agriculture 8%, industry 19%,
                                          services 73% (1990)
                       Unemployment rate: 42.8% (1998)
                                  Budget: revenues: NA
                                          expenditures: NA, including capital
                                          expenditures of $NA
                              Industries: sugar, rum, cigarettes, handicraft
                                          items, flower oil extraction
       Industrial production growth rate: NA%
                Electricity - production: 1.09 billion kWh (2000)
      Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 55.05%
                                          hydro: 44.95%
                                          other: 0% (2000)
                                          nuclear: 0%
               Electricity - consumption: 1.014 billion kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2000)
                  Agriculture - products: sugarcane, vanilla, tobacco,
                                          tropical fruits, vegetables, corn
                                 Exports: $214 million (f.o.b., 1997)
                   Exports - commodities: sugar 63%, rum and molasses 4%,
                                          perfume essences 2%, lobster 3%,
                      Exports - partners: France 74%, Japan 6%, Comoros 4%
                                 Imports: $2.5 billion (c.i.f., 1997)
                   Imports - commodities: manufactured goods, food, beverages,
                                          tobacco, machinery and
                                          transportation equipment, raw
                                          materials, and petroleum products
                      Imports - partners: France 64%, Bahrain 3%, Germany 3%,
                                          Italy 3% (1994)
                         Debt - external: $NA
                Economic aid - recipient: $NA; note - substantial annual
                                          subsidies from France
                                Currency: euro (EUR); French franc (FRF)
                           Currency code: EUR; FRF
                          Exchange rates: euros per US dollar - 1.1324
                                          (January 2002), 1.1175 (2001),
                                          1.0854 (2000), 0.9386 (1999); French
                                          francs per US dollar - 5.8995
                                          (1998), 5.8367 (1997)
                             Fiscal year: calendar year
     Communications Reunion
          Telephones - main lines in use: 268,500 (1999)
            Telephones - mobile cellular: 197,000 (September 2000)
                        Telephone system: general assessment: adequate system;
                                          principal center is Saint-Denis
                                          domestic: modern open wire and
                                          microwave radio relay network
                                          international: radiotelephone
                                          communication to Comoros, France,
                                          Madagascar; new microwave route to
                                          Mauritius; satellite earth station -
                                          1 Intelsat (Indian Ocean)
                Radio broadcast stations: AM 2, FM 55, shortwave 0 (2001)
                                  Radios: 173,000 (1997)
           Television broadcast stations: 35 (plus 18 low-power repeaters)
                             Televisions: 127,000 (1997)
                   Internet country code: .re
       Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 1 (2000)
                          Internet users: 10,000 (1999)
     Transportation Reunion
                                Railways: 0 km
                                Highways: total: 2,724 km
                                          paved: 1,300 km (including 73 km of
                                          four-lane road)
                                          note: 370 km of road are maintained
                                          by national authorities, 754 km by
                                          departmental authorities and 1,600
                                          km by local authorities (1994)
                                          unpaved: 1,424 km
                               Waterways: none
                       Ports and harbors: Le Port, Pointe des Galets
                         Merchant marine: total: 1 ships (1,000 GRT or over)
                                          totaling 28,264 GRT/44,885 DWT
                                          note: includes a foreign-owned ship
                                          registered here as a flag of
                                          convenience: France 1 (2002 est.)
                                          ships by type: chemical tanker 1
                                Airports: 2 (2001)
           Airports - with paved runways: total: 2
                                          2,438 to 3,047 m: 1
                                          914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2001)
     Military Reunion
                       Military branches: no regular indigenous military
                                          forces; French forces (including
                                          Army, Navy, Air Force, and
        Military manpower - military age: 18 years of age (2002 est.)
        Military manpower - availability: males age 15-49: 194,485 (2002 est.)
     Military manpower - fit for military males age 15-49: 99,251 (2002 est.)
             Military manpower - reaching males: 6,243 (2002 est.)
                   military age annually:
                         Military - note: defense is the responsibility of
     Transnational Issues Reunion
                                                Disputes - international: none

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