Madagascar


Republic of Madagascar
Capital: Antananarivo Nationality: Malagasy Population: 22,585,517
Currency: Malagasy ariary(MGA) Off. Lang: French/Malagasy Area: 587,041 sq km
Internet DM: mg GDP: $20.6 bil. Life Exp: 64 yrs.
Literacy: 68.9% Location: 18 55 S, 47 31 E Calling Code: 261

Madagascar is an african island country off the southeastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, located 20 00 S, 47 00 E. The island has an area of 592,800 sq. km. (228,880 sq. mi.). Malagasy, French, and English are
official languages. Antananarivo is the capital.

Demographics

Their are 18 different ethnics in Madagascar. Madagascans are predominantly mix African and Mayo-Polynesian people. The ethnic breakdown is as follows:26.6%Merina, 11.3% Betsileo , 13.4% Betsimisaraka, 7% Tsimihety, Antaisaka, 5.9% Sakalava, 1.1% Makua, 0.6% French, 0.5% Comorian, 0.4% Reunionese, and 1.5% other. Madagascar has a population of 20.1 million, with a life expectancy of 63.63 years. Madagascar is 49.5% Christian(22.7% Protestant, 20.3% Roman Catholic), 48% traditional beliefs, 1.9% Sunni Muslim, and 0.6% other. The country has a literacy rate of 69.8%, 75.5% male and 62.5% female.
 
Works Cited

CIA Factbook, Madagascar