Guide to MADAGASCAR
MADAGASCAR which official name is Republic of Madagascar or Madagascar, is a country from Africa located at the Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Mozambique. MADAGASCAR is divided in 6 provinces . MADAGASCAR's capital is Antananarivo which is the most populated city with about 1,391,506 inhabitants.
History of MADAGASCAR
MADAGASCAR's government is republic; a Republic with a Executive government type, with President Marc Ravalomanana as head of state and Prime Minister Charles Rabemananjara as head of government.
Other symbols of MADAGASCAR are Malagasy motto " Tanindrazana, Fahafahana, Fandrosoana (Malagasy, Ancestral-land, Liberty, Progress) Malagasy anthem "Ry Tanindraza nay malala ô (Oh, Our Beloved Fatherland) Malagasy flag.Malagasy flag is composed by two equal horizontal bands of red (top) and green with a vertical white band of the same width on hoist side .
MADAGASCAR's history is quite long: Formerly an independent kingdom, Madagascar became a French colony in 1896, but regained its independence in 1960. During 1992-93, free presidential and National Assembly elections were held, ending 17 years of single-party rule. In 1997, in the second presidential race, Didier RATSIRAKA, the leader during the 1970s and 1980s, was returned to the presidency. The 2001 presidential election was contested between the followers of Didier RATSIRAKA and Marc RAVALOMANANA, nearly causing secession of half of the country. In April 2002, the High Constitutional Court announced RAVALOMANANA the winner.
MADAGASCAR has an area of 587,040Km ,with a coastline of 4828, this great area is composed by 581,540 sq km of land and 5,500 sq km of water. Malagasy geography is known by it's narrow coastal plain, high plateau and mountains in center . This makes Malagasy's land specially proclive to periodic cyclones, drought, and locust infestation.
Guide to travel to MADAGASCAR
If you are thinking on traveling to MADAGASCAR, you will have to take in consideration some points like MADAGASCAR's currency, MADAGASCAR's weather, MADAGASCAR's national holiday and MADAGASCAR's transports.
The first thing you need to know for your travels abroad is country's currency. MADAGASCAR`s currency is called franc ( FMG), which is divided in 100 centimes
MADAGASCAR's weather is characterized to be tropical along coast, temperate inland, arid in south. So be sure of choosing the proper date to travel to MADAGASCAR.
You can also consider to visit MADAGASCAR on it's national holiday to get in MADAGASCAR's culture. If you do so, MADAGASCAR's national holiday is called Independence Day, 26 June.
Also, if you like natural wonders, don't forget to visit the highest point of MADAGASCAR: Maromokotro 2,876 m. And try also to get to MADAGASCAR's lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 mBut if you prefer the city, you must visit MADAGASCAR's tallest structure: ( ).
Don't be afraid to take a flight to MADAGASCAR, with more than 116 airports and 1 airlines, you will get to MADAGASCAR without problems. Once there, you can choose the transport type that better fits your needs. MADAGASCAR has about854 of railways, and also600 of roadways, so is a good place for a car trip.
MADAGASCAR is known by Malagasys as Republique de Madagascar/Repoblikan'i Madagasikara or Madagascar/Madagasikara in the shortened way. Malagasy, about 19,448,815 people, are composed by different ethnics: Malayo-Indonesian (Merina and related Betsileo), Cotiers (mixed African, Malayo-Indonesian, and Arab ancestry - Betsimisaraka, Tsimihety, Antaisaka, Sakalava), French, Indian, Creole, Comoran. And they also have different languages: Malagasy, French, English.
Another relevant point nowadays it's MADAGASCAR's religion. Malagasys are divided in indigenous beliefs 52%, Christian 41%, Muslim 7%.
But if want to know more about MADAGASCAR's culture, the best way is by reading the most famous Malagasy novelists' books like Michèle Rakotoson .
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Latest News of Madagascar
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