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Country (long form) Republic of Madagascar
Capital Antananarivo
Total Area 226,657.41 sq mi
587,040.00 sq km
(slightly less than twice the size of Arizona)
Population 15,982,563 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 65,460,246
Languages French (official), Malagasy (official)
Literacy 80.0% total, 88.0% male, 73% female (1990 est.)
Religions indigenous beliefs 52%, Christian 41%, Muslim 7%
Life Expectancy 53.08 male, 57.68 female (2001 est.)
Government Type republic
Currency 1 Malagasy franc (FMG) = 100 centimes
GDP (per capita) $800 (2000 est.)
Industry meat processing, soap, breweries, tanneries, sugar, textiles, glassware, cement, automobile assembly plant, paper, petroleum, tourism
Agriculture coffee, vanilla, sugarcane, cloves, cocoa, rice, cassava (tapioca), beans, bananas, peanuts; livestock products
Arable Land 4%
Natural Resources graphite, chromite, coal, bauxite, salt, quartz, tar sands, semiprecious stones, mica, fish, hydropower
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Geography of Madagascar

Madagascar, or Republic of Madagascar, an island nation in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa.

History of Madagascar

Madagascar was probably first populated by Malays from southeastern Asia. Africans and Arabs arrived later, settling mainly along the coasts.