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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: 25,054,161 (2017)

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



  • Wed - Aug 8, 2018: Andry Rajoelina Plans Political Comeback in Madagascar - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [Deutsche Welle] After taking over power in 2009 following a military coup, Andry Rajoelina was prevented from running for the presidency in 2013. In an exclusive interview with DW, he talks about his candidacy for 2018.
  • Thu - Aug 2, 2018: South African Intervention Stabilizes Situation - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [ISS] Thanks to the efforts of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, together with others in the international community, Madagascar's political conflict has largely stabilised in recent weeks.
  • Thu - Aug 2, 2018: The Endangered Species List - Counting Lemurs in Madagascar - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [The Conversation Africa] Most people are familiar with the endangered species list. Officially known as the IUCN Red List of threatened species, it's coordinated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and provides the most up-to-date indication of the health of the world's plants, animals and fungi to guide critical conservation action.
  • Thu - Aug 2, 2018: Will Ex-President Rajoelina Make a Come-Back - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [RFI] Andry Rajoelina was to address supporters at a rally in Antananrivo on Wednesday, as registration for candidates in November's presidential poll opens. The former president is expected to stand.
  • Tue - Jul 31, 2018: HIV-TB Connection - Key to Ending Infections - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [IPS] London -A group of teenage boys huddle around Michelle in the mangroves behind Joyce Bay, a spot frequented by men who have sex with men (MSM) in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG).