25 Curious Facts About Madagascar You Might Not Know

While so many people know the 2005 animated comedy film “Madagascar” and its sequels, few are familiar with the actual country the films take place at: Madagascar. Located some 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of mainland Africa, Madagascar is a somewhat isolated and mysterious country spared by mass tourism so far. Yet, this exotic African country is one of the most vibrant and intriguing places on Earth. Consequently, it has been the inspiration for a number of great documentaries and films. If by chance you have seen one of them and have fallen in love with this amazing island country, this post is right for you. Even if you haven’t but find yourself curious as to what all the rave is all about, then you owe it to yourself to take a look at these 25 Curious Facts About Madagascar You Might Not Know.

Did you know, for example, that Madagascar was once a part of Asia? Do you know what the most popular sport in Madagascar is or what supernatural beings local people still believe in? Also, we are sure you have never heard of Libertalia, a mythical anarchist colony that was allegedly established on Madagascar by European pirates in the 17th century. To find out even more about this extraordinary country, check out these 25 Curious Facts About Madagascar You Might Not Know.

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Both politically and geographically Madagascar now belongs to Africa but originally, it was a part of modern Asia. Around 88 million years ago, the island split from the Indian peninsula, following the prehistoric breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana.

Madagascar Source: en.wikipedia.org, image: commons.wikimedia.org
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As the island´s native plants and animals have evolved in relative isolation, Madagascar has become a true biodiversity hotspot with over 90% of its wildlife being endemic.

chameleonSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: pixabay.com

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Occupying a total area of 588,000 square kilometers (227,000 square miles), Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world after Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo.

Madagascar Source and image: en.wikipedia.org
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These days, Madagascar is home to over 22 million mostly rural people out of which approximately 69 percent live below the national poverty line threshold of one dollar per day.

Madagascar Source and image: en.wikipedia.org

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From 1897 to 1960, Madagascar was a part of the French colonial empire and even today, French is one two official languages in the country. Most people in Madagascar speak Malagasy, the other language, as their first language though.

malagasySource and image: en.wikipedia.org


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