Madagascar

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INFORMATION

Capital: Antananarivo

Government: Untiary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Hery Martial Rajaonarimampianina

Economy:

  • 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
Religions:

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

Language(s):

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

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RECENT NEWS

  • Fri - Jun 16, 2017: Madagascar Turns to SA for Investment - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -Malagasy President Henry Rajaonarimampianina has urged South African businesses to invest in Madagascar.
  • Mon - Jun 12, 2017: The Loss of Unique Palm Trees Will Devastate Ecosystems - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [The Conversation Africa] Madagascar is a crucial diversity hot spot for palm tree species. 98% of the currently 204 known species do not occur anywhere else.
  • Wed - Jun 7, 2017: Govt Seeks to Strengthen Ties With Zambia - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [Times of Zambia] Sustaining a positive and sustained international profile is critical to a sound socio-economy development of any developing country such as Zambia.