Madagascar 2006

Madagascar 2006

Yearbook 2006

Madagascar. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Madagascar include Independence Day (June 26) and New Year (January 1). The President of Parliament was appointed in May. He was charged with treason after praising the Iranian nuclear research program during a visit to Iran.

In December, Marc Ravalomanana was re-elected as president in the first round of elections with just under 55% of the vote. The election was preceded by minor unrest, including an accidental attempt by a dissatisfied general to stage a coup d’état. Former Deputy Prime Minister Pierrot Rajaonarivelo, who was previously considered the most serious challenger to Ravalomanana, was denied the right to run for office and was prevented from returning to Madagascar from the country. He was previously sentenced in his absence to both five years in prison for abuse of power and fifteen years in prison for embezzlement.

A Canadian-South Korean consortium was granted permission to mine nickel and cobalt at Maramanga for approximately 27 years from 2007, approximately 11 km east of the capital Antananarivo. It is believed to be the world’s largest nickel mine and is expected in the long term to raise the poor Madagascar’s gross domestic product by up to SEK 700 million. a year.

Madagascar Map with Surrounding Countries

Madagascar Overview

Madagascar is the dream of every nature lover – a land of wonders that guarantees a memorable tourist experience.

In addition to its unique fauna and flora, the island state of Madagascar offers a diverse range of landscapes, from white sandy beaches through mountain landscapes to tropical rainforests.

Despite its geographical location, the impact of African culture on the island’s culture has been surprisingly small. Indeed, in Madagascar, culture is more influenced by Southeast Asia and India. This is not surprising, as the island’s first human populations arrived from Indonesia and Malaysia about 2,000 years ago. A few centuries later, the Arabs who discovered the island also established trading posts on the north coast of the island. Evidence of Asian influences has been found e.g. shipbuilding techniques and the Malagasy language in which Sanskrit elements have been found. The island, known mainly for its sandy beaches, also has mountains, desert and rainforest. Perhaps that is why railways can only be found in the eastern parts of the island. However, the island has a functioning air transport network.

Area: 587,040 km²

Population: 26,955,737 (estimate 7/2020)

Capital: Antananarivo

Population: Creoles (Malaysian-Indonesian), Indians, French

Religion: Traditional religions 52%, Christians 41%, Muslims 7%

Language: French, Malagasy

Currency: Ariary (MGA)

Main products: Coffee, vanilla, coconut, rice, banana, sugar, livestock products, textiles, paper, crude oil, tourism.

Form of government: Republic