Madagascar

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INFORMATION

Capital: Antananarivo

Government: 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: 23,200,000 (2014)

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

  • Tue - Feb 21, 2017: The Bitter Taste of Madagascar Vanilla - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [Al Jazeera] Sava region, Madagascar -Vanilla farmer Jacky points his machete towards a flattened area in the humid Madagascan jungle.
  • Wed - Feb 15, 2017: Tropical Cyclone Dineo Bears Down On Madagascar - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [Al Jazeera] Tropical Cyclone Dineo has formed in the Mozambique Channel, the fifth cyclone of the 2016/17 Southern Hemisphere cyclone season.
  • Sat - Feb 11, 2017: Tropical Cyclone Carlos Brews Up in the Indian Ocean - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [Al Jazeera] Over the past few days Tropical Cyclone Carlos has been gaining strength in the southern Indian Ocean. The tiny Islands of Mauritius and La Reunion have been dealt a glancing blow by the storm.
  • Wed - Feb 8, 2017: Meet the Sakalava Ethnic Group - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [This is Africa] The Sakalava people also known by the translation of their name as people of the long valleys are one of the ethnic groups in Madagascar and constitute about 6.2% of the population. Known as semi-nomadic pastoralists they are also known for growing rice. They are located in the Western and North Western region of Madagascar.
  • Mon - Jan 30, 2017: Truck Crash Kills 47, Including Newlyweds - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [Al Jazeera] At least 47 people, including 10 children and a newly-wed couple, have been killed in a traffic accident north of Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo, according to police.