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Madagascar's Information

Flag of Madagascar
Land Area 581,540 km2
Water Area 5,501 km2
Total Area 587,041km2 (#46)
Population 24,430,325 (#52)
Population Density 42.01/km2
Government Type Semi-presidential Republic
GDP (PPP) $37.48 Billion
GDP Per Capita $1,500
Currency Ariary (MGA)
Largest Cities
  • Name: Madagascar
    (long form) Republic of Madagascar
  • Capital City: Antananarivo (903,450 pop.)
  • Madagascar Population: 22,599,098 (2013 est.)
  • World Populations (all countries)
  • Currency: Malagasy ariary
    (conversion rates)

    Malagasy ariary
    5000 malagasy ariaries
  • Ethnicity: Malayo-Indonesian (Merina and related Betsileo), Cotiers (mixed African, Malayo-Indonesian, and Arab ancestry - Betsimisaraka, Tsimihety, Antaisaka, Sakalava), French, Indian, Creole, Comoran
  • GDP total: $21.76 billion (2012 est.)
  • GDP per capita: $1,000 (2012 est.)
  • Land Sizes
  • Language: French and Malagasy (official), English
  • Largest Cities: (by population) Antananarivo, Toamasina, Fianarantsoa, Mahajanga, Toliara
  • Name: A corrupted form of Mogadishu, a Somali port that Marco Polo had confused for the island
  • National Day: June 26
  • Religion: indigenous beliefs 52%, Christian 41%, Muslim 7%
  • Symbols
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

Madagascar Trivia

What Kind of Animals Live in Madagascar?

Many of the species of animals found in Madagascar cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Examples of these include lemurs, fossas, aye-ayes, tomato frogs, and the Madagascar long-eared owl.

Animals That Live in Madagascar

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