Capital: Antananarivo

Population: 25,064,723 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: Malagasy Ariary (MGA)

Official Languages: Malagasy, French

Unofficial Language: English

Main Religions: Indigenous beliefs, Christianity

Ethnic Groups: Malayo-Indonesian, Cotiers, Comoran, Creole, French, Indian

Largest Cities: Antananarivo, Toamasina, Antsirabe

Main Sport: Football, Rugby

Political System: Republic

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s Day (January 1)

Easter Monday (March 28)

Martyrs’ Day (March 29)

Labour Day (May 1)

Ascension Day (May 5)

Whit Monday (May 16)

Independence Day (June 26)

Assumption of Mary (August 15)

All Saints’ Day (November 1)

Republic Day (December 11)

Christmas Day (December 25)

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