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Capital: Antananarivo

Government: Untiary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Hery Martial Rajaonarimampianina


  • Agriculture, including fishing and forestry, is a mainstay of the economy, accounting for more than one-fourth of GDP and employing 80% of the population.
  • Major exporter of apparel.

Population: 24,430,325 (2016)

Land Size: 587,041 sq km (226,658 sq miles)

Major Ethic Groups:

  • Malayo-Indonesian (Merina and related Betsileo)
  • Cotiers (mixed African, Malayo-Indonesian, and Arab ancestry – Betsimisaraka, Tsimihety, Antaisaka, Sakalava)
  • French
  • Indian
  • Creole
  • Comoran

  • Indigenous African Religions: 52%
  • Christian: 41%
  • Muslim: 7%


  • French (official)
  • Malagasy (official)
  • English



  • Sun - Apr 22, 2018: Tense Standoff Between Security Services and Protesters - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [Deutsche Welle] Demonstrators took to the streets of the capital in protest of a new electoral law they say is too restrictive. The administration of President Rajaonarimampianina has been marred by allegations of corruption.
  • Sat - Apr 21, 2018: Tana High-Level Forum On Peace, Security in Africa Opens - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [ENA] The 7th Tana High-level Forum on Peace and Security in Africa kicked off in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, this afternoon.
  • Sat - Apr 21, 2018: Tana High-Level Forum to Kick Off Tomorrow - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [ENA] The 7th Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa will kick off tomorrow in the city of Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.
  • Fri - Apr 20, 2018: President of the Republic to Partake in High-Level Tana Forum in Ethiopia - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [SNA] Khartoum -President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al-Bashir is due to head to Ethiopia , Friday chairing Sudan delegation to the high-level Tana Forum on Peace and Security in Africa, scheduled to convene in Bahir Dar town in Ethiopia , April 21-22.
  • Thu - Apr 12, 2018: Measuring the Economic Impact of Cyclones in Madagascar - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [The Conversation Africa] Madagascar, Africa's largest island, is naturally prone to cyclones. Earlier this year it was hit by one named Ava - a category three cyclone that killed at least 50 people, displaced over 50,000 and caused huge damage. And just this month another cyclone triggered flooding in the north of the country.