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An Introduction to Madagascar

Madagascar (officially the Republic of Madagascar) is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean off the South East coast of Africa. It's the fourth largest island in the world, and until the 1896, when it became a French colony, consisted of various small and shifting kingdoms. See full country profile.

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Fast Facts
Map of Madagascar
CAPITAL: Antananarivo
GOVERNMENT: Republic
AREA: 587,041 sq km
POPULATION: 21,926,221 (July 2011 proj.)
MAJOR LANGUAGE: Malagasy, French
Coastal Madagascar
Coastal Madagascar


The Monkey Bread Tree: Another indicator of Madagascar's strange biome is the Baobab tree (Adansonia) six of the eight species of which are indigenous to the island. Some baobabs are thought to be many thousands of years old however since they do not produce annual growth rings this is difficult to verify. The trees grow to great size, the largest measured having a circumference of 47 metres.
,br>The plant (also known as the monkey bread tree) is a cornucopia of edible components: its leafs can be eaten as a vegetable; its fruit has more vitamin C than oranges and more calcium than cow's milk; its dried fruit pulp can be eaten as porridge; its seeds provide vegetable oil and the tree is also a source of fiber, dye, and fuel. It also stores water in its trunk and can be used as a storage system during drought.

Baobabs are cited in The Little Prince as a tree that may "split" a small planet into pieces.

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Madagascar in Profile

Madagascar (officially the Republic of Madagascar) is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean off the South East coast of Africa. It's the fourth largest island in the world, and until the 1896, when it became a French colony, consisted of various small and shifting kingdoms.

Subsequent to independence in 1960 there have been four constitutional periods, including a Soviet style republic and finishing with the current Fourth Republic - a constitutional democracy, governed by an elected president serving a renewable 5-year term. However, the international community widely regards the current administration as illegitimate, characterising the change of power as a coup d'ãtat.88 million years ago, the island went solo from the Madagascar-Antarctica-India landmass, allowing plants and animals on the island to evolve in complete isolation. Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot - 80% of its plant and animal life can be found nowhere else on Earth. As with many things of natural beauty, the wildlife of Madagascar is under threat from human activity - 95% of the original forest cover has been destroyed. Despite government-led conservation tactics, illegal logging is on the increase, as is poaching of threatened species such as lemurs.

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GDP: $20.73 billion (2010 est.)

Religions Indigenous beliefs 52%, Christian 41%, Muslim 7%

Currency: Malagasy Ariary (MGA) ($1 = 3,119 MGA)

Telephone Code: +261

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