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|Brief Overview of this Country
Location: Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Mozambique
|Population: 15,506,472 (July 2000 est.) - Capital: Antananarivo|
|Ethnics Groups: Malayo-Indonesian (Merina and related Betsileo), Cotiers (mixed African, Malayo-Indonesian, and Arab ancestry - Betsimisaraka, Tsimihety, Antaisaka, Sakalava), French, Indian, Creole, Comoran|
|Languages: French (official), Malagasy (official)||Religions: Indigenous beliefs 52%, Christian 41%, Muslim 7%|
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