People often confuse Madagascar with Africa due to its cultural association. Madagascar is an entire country of its own with its unique culture.
Its location is also entirely separate from the African continent. Madagascar is an island country situated in the Indian Ocean and is officially known as the Republic of Madagascar.
Itâ€™s located off the far south-eastern coastal region of Africa opposite Mozambique. Itâ€™s a large island, the 4th largest in the world with a total area of about 587,041 km2 including water.
Currently, Madagascarâ€™s population sits at just over 22 million people as of (05/2013).
The country is divided into a further 22 regions (in 2004) which used to be provinces. Since 2011 Jean Omer Beriziky has been the prime minister of Madagascar.
On 21st March 2009, Andry Nirina Rajoelina became the President of the HAT (High Transitional Authority) of Madagascar.
The capital is Antananarivo which is also the largest city in Madagascar. It has a total population of almost 2 million people as of 2012.
The country has a per capita GDP of $458 and almost 70% of the people live in poverty. The GDP of Madagascar is around $10 billion (USD).
Their currency is the Malagasy ariary (MGA).