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Madagascar is a huge island nation off the southeast coast of Africa. It's home to thousands of animal species, such as lemurs, found nowhere else, plus rainforests, beaches and reefs. Near the busy capital, Antananarivo, is Ambohimanga, a hillside complex of royal palaces and burial grounds, as well as the “Avenue of the Baobabs,” a dirt road lined by massive centuries-old trees.

Languages: English (official), French (official), Malagasy (official)

Ethnic Groups: Malayo-Indonesian (Merina and related Betsileo), Cotiers (mixed African, Malayo-Indonesian, and Arab ancestry - Betsimisaraka, Tsimihety, Antaisaka, Sakalava), French, Indian, Creole, Comoran

Belief Systems: indigenous beliefs 52%, Christian 41%, Muslim 7%

Demographics:

Population: 23.2 million people (World Rank: 53rd) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 103 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 176th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 2.86 %/yr (World Rank: 18th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 64.7 years (World Rank: 180th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 18 years (World Rank: 176th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Madagascar
University of Texas Library

United Nations Country Profile for Madagascar

Current News About Madagascar
from allAfrica.com

Tourism:

Madagascar - Facts and Information 1
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa<

African Information Society Initiative
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Madagascar - Facts and Information 2
U.S. Library of Congress profile of Madagascar
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Madagascar - Facts and Information 3
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Madagascar
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Traveling to Madagascar
Comprehensive travel information from africaguide.com

Language Resources:

Learn the language of Madagascar

Learn French

Government Related:

Madagascar Embassy
in Washington D.C.

Madagascar Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger


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