Madagascar
Republique de Madagascar

Capital
Antananarivo

Area
226,656 sq mi
587,040 sq km


Population
16,979,744 est 2003

Largest city
Antananarivo
pop. 1,390,800


Languages
French (official), Malagasy (official)

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

Religion
indigenous beliefs 52%, Christian 41%, Islam 7%

Life Expectancy
total population: 56.54 years
male: 54.19 years
female: 58.96 years (2004 est.)


Literacy
total population: 68.9%
male: 75.5%
female: 62.5% (2003 est.)


Suffrage
18 years of age; universal

Government
Republic


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