Madagascar

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INFORMATION

Capital: Antananarivo

Government: Untiary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Andry Rojoelina

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: 26,955,737 (2020)

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
Religions:

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

Language(s):

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

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RECENT NEWS

  • Thu - Nov 19, 2020: The Pitfalls - and Privileges - of Travelling While Black - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [African Arguments] Joe Shmoe may be able to backpack across Lomé with nothing more than the clothes on his back; you probably can't.
  • Thu - Nov 19, 2020: WFP - 'Focus On Starvation, Destabilisation and Migration to Avert a Covid-19 Global Food Crisis' - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [IPS] United Nations -- Food security has become a priority in the Caribbean as COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions have hit the tourism-dependent region hard.
  • Wed - Nov 18, 2020: Ahmada Rescues Point for Malagasy - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [Cosafa] Captain Ibrahim Ahmada's stunning long range shot ensured a potentially precious point for Madagascar, as they came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with the powerful Ivory Coast in Antananarivo on Tuesday.
  • Sun - Nov 15, 2020: Voice and Choice Barometer Launched in Madagascar - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [Gender Links] Antananarivo, 9 November 2020: The SADC Gender Protocol Alliance members and Gender Links Madagascar launched the #VoiceandChoice 2020 Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights (SRHR) Barometer in the time of COVID-19. The launch took place at Le PAVE Restaurant Hotel.
  • Fri - Nov 13, 2020: Measles Killed 207,500 People in 2019 - WHO - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [Premium Times] Countries that have recently suffered large measles outbreaks include the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Madagascar, Central African Republic (CAR), Georgia, Kazakhstan, North Macedonia, Samoa, Tonga, and Ukraine.