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

  • Mon - May 10, 2021: UN Reports Acute Food Insecurity in Southern Madagascar - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [VOA] Geneva -- The United Nations says thousands of people in Madagascar are suffering from famine, while more than 1 million others are facing acute hunger and are forced to resort to extreme measures to keep from starving.
  • Sat - May 8, 2021: Africa's Drought Crisis - Zimbabwe Seeks Solutions, Madagascar Edges Toward Famine - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [DW] As droughts worsen across Africa, troubling times lie ahead for many countries. But while Madagascar struggles to tackle a hunger crisis, Zimbabwe hopes its new sustainable strategy means it has left the worst behind.
  • Tue - May 4, 2021: 4 Lifters for Madagascar Qualifiers - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [Ghanaian Times] Four crack weightlifters have been selected to represent Ghana at next week's Tokyo Olympic qualifier in the island country of Madagascar.
  • Mon - May 3, 2021: Appointment of Bishop of Tsiroanomandidy - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [Agenzia Fides] Vatican City -- On April, 30 the Holy Father has appointed as bishop of the diocese of Tsiroanomandidy, Madagascar, the Reverend Gabriel Randrianantenaina of the clergy of Moramanga, until now secretary coordinator of the Episcopal Conference of Madagascar.
  • Mon - May 3, 2021: RSF Urges Madagascar to Let Journalists Cover Covid-19 Freely - AllAfrica News: Madagascar
    [RSF] Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities in Madagascar not to suppress media coverage of a second wave of coronavirus cases after they suspended nine radio and TV programmes last week and made several broadcasters give a written undertaking not to cause trouble in order to get their programmes back on the air.