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Capital: Antananarivo

Government: Untiary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Andry Rojoelina


  • 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: 25,683,610 (2018)

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

Major Ethnic 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



  • Thu - Apr 25, 2019: Cyclone Kenneth Strengthening as it Heads for Coast - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [allAfrica] Cape Town -Cyclone Kenneth - which is approaching the southern coast of Tanzania and northern coast of Mozambique - has been upgraded to an intense tropical cyclone by Meteo France, the French national meteorological service, AccuWeather reports.
  • Tue - Apr 16, 2019: Ministry Apologises After Blaming Girls for Sexual Assault - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [RFI] Madagascar's Ministry of Education has issued an official apology after a publication on its Facebook page last week asking girls to dress modestly to avoid being sexually harassed or assaulted by men.
  • Mon - Apr 15, 2019: Afcon Draw - Madagascar Newspaper Dismisses Eagles' Threat - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [Vanguard] Madagascar, the big island country drawn in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations' Group B is not losing any sleep of possible annihilation by the two big teams of the group - Nigeria and Guinea.
  • Thu - Apr 11, 2019: Madagascar Exploits Highlight Russian Influence Peddling in Africa - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [Daily Maverick] The three Russians who landed on the Indian Ocean Island of Madagascar showed a curious interest in church architecture when they arrived months before the 2018 presidential election. Perhaps not a surprise, given they were travelling on tourist visas. But their particular interest in the expansion plans for the Church of the Apocalypse, a relatively new evangelical movement led by an influential pastor with presidential ambitions, betrayed what appears to have been their primary motivation: future proofin
  • Fri - Mar 29, 2019: Pope Francis to Visit Madagascar, Mozambique and Mauritius - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [CISA] Vatican City -Pope Francis has confirmed his visit to Madagascar, Mauritius, and Mozambique in September 2019.