Looking to boost your knowledge of the countries of Africa and increase your chance of being crowned the next pub quiz champion? Make a start by learning these fun facts about Madagascar:
1. Madagascar is off the beaten track.
Madagascar is a large island nation off the southeast coast of Africa. Its nearest countries are Comoros and Mayotte to the northwest, Seychelles to the northeast, Reunion and Mauritius to the east and Mozambique to the west.
The coordinates for Madagascar are 20.0000° S, 47.0000°.
2. It’s easy to call the island.
To call your friends or family in Madagascar, you’ll need the international dialing code which is +261.
3. The topography is very varied.
The terrain here is a wonderful mix of narrow coastal plains and high plateaus and mountains in the center.
Flag of Madagascar
4. Madagascar actually split away!
165 million years ago Madagascar was connected to mainland Africa!
5. It’s bigger than you might think.
The total land area of Madagascar is 226,658 square miles (587,041 square kilometers).
This makes Madagascar the 4th largest island in the world, behind Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo! (Note: Australia is not included as it is defined as a continent, not an island).
6. How many people live here?
Madagascar’s population was 26.97 million in 2019.
7. What’s the capital of Madagascar?
The capital is Antananarivo – it covers an area of 34 square miles (88 square kilometers) and has a population of 1.3 million (2019).