Ten fun facts about Madagascar


Fact 1
Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island after Greenland, Papua New Guinea and Borneo It coastline is as long as 4828 km.

Fact 2
The Malagasies descended from Indo-Malayan seafarers and their language traces back to Asian roots. They do not like to be referred as Africans.

Fact 3
Madagascar has two main seasons. It is hot and rainy from November through April and cool and dry from May to September.


Fact 4
The official languages of the country are Malagasy, French and English. The capital of Madagascar is Antananarivo, while its currency is Malagasy Ariary.

Fact 5
Madagascar boasts of unique flora and fauna, majority of which is not found anywhere else in the world.

Fact 6
The most important industries of Madagascar are meat processing, sugar, breweries, soap, textiles, glassware, car assembly plants, tanneries, paper, petroleum and cement.

Fact 7
The island of Madagascar has abundant reserves of natural resources including quartz, bauxite, graphite, semi-precious stones, fish, coal, tar sands, hydropower and chromites.

Fact 8
5% land is cultivated in Madagascar. The crops include vanilla, coffee sugarcane, cocoa, rice, cloves, cassava, beans, peanuts and bananas. Livestock products are also grown in this island.

Fact 9
The mountains are situated in the center of the island. The highest mountain is Maromokotro which is as high as 2876 m.

Fact 10
Madagascar is the world’s leading industry leader and supplier in producing and exporting Vanilla.


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Short about Madagascar
Is an island located towards the east of the southern part of the African continent in the Indian Ocean.


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Population
21,263,403

Sources
CIA The World Factbook



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