Republic of Madagascar

Madagascar is a large island in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Southern Africa, east of Mozambique. It is the fourth largest island in the world. The capital Antananarivo is in the Hauts Plateaux near the centre of the island. Madagascar is 400 kilometres east of mainland Africa.

Geographic Locations

Geographic Locations

Main Cities and Towns

Main Cities and Towns

Political Economy Summary

Capital Antananarivo
Independence 26 June 1960
Current Head of State H.E. Rivo Rakotovao
Current Head of Government P.M. Christian Ntsay
Minister of Foreign Affairs Eloi Alphonse Maxime Dovo
Minister of Finance Andriambololona Vonintsalama Sehenosoa
Central Bank Govenor Alain Hervé Rasolofondraibe
Next National Elections Date November 2018
Government Website http://www.primature.gov.mg/
Parliament Website http://www.assemblee-nationale.mg/

Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

The Malagasy coat of arms includes an outline map of the island at the centre with two smaller islands nearby, Glorioso Islands and Tromelin Island, and below it the head of a zebu. Green and red rays emanate from the State's map, making it look like the sun or the ravenala, a common plant in Madagascar.

 

The seal is surrounded by the Malagasy words, at the top: REPOBLIKAN'I MADAGASIKARA which means "Republic of Madagascar"; and at the base: TANINDRAZANA - FAHAFAHANA - FANDROSOANA meaning "Homeland - Liberty - Development".