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Madagascar Basic information

Area 587,041 sq km (226,657 sq mi)
Poplation
16,980,000
Capital city Antananarivo (1,250,000)
Government Republic
Ethnicity Groups: Merina, Betsimisaraka, Betsileo, Tsimihety, Sakalava and others
Language Malagasy and French (both officiak)
Religions traditional beliefs 52%, Christianity 41% Islam 7%
Currency Malagasy franc = 100 Centimes

The Democratic Republic of Madagascar, in south-eastern Africa, is an island nation, which has a larger area than France.

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