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: 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
Religions:

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

Language(s):

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

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RECENT NEWS

  • Mon - Apr 6, 2020: IMF Executive Board Approves a U.S.$ 165.99 Million Disbursement to the Republic of Madagascar to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [IMF] The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved a disbursement under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) equivalent to SDR 122.2 million (about US$ 165.99million at today's US$/SDR exchange rate, or 50 percent of the quota) to help the country meet the urgent balance of payment needs stemming from the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Thu - Mar 26, 2020: Malagasy? Or Madagascan? Our Research Provides the Answer - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [The Conversation Africa] Madagascar is a peculiar island. This is true because of its unique biodiversity, its richness in a variety of precious stones and its complex geological history and structures. It's also true because of its language - and the way things are named there.