Madagascar has a population of more than 22 million inhabitants. Madagascar is situated in the south western area of the Indian Ocean east of the coast of Africa about 400 km off the coast of Mozambique.The island is recognized as one of the world's top ten hotspots for biodiversity.
People: Nationality: Malagasy Population: 21 million (est.
2014) Ethnic Groups: 18 separate tribal groups of Malayo-Indonesian, mixed African and Malayo-Indonesian, and Arab ancestry, French, Indian, Creole, Comoran.
With an area of km², the island is slightly larger than France, or almost twice the size of the US state of Arizona.
Madagascar is geographically relative close to: the Comoros, Mauritius, Mozambique, Réunion, and South Africa. Background: Madagascar, the Red Island, the Rainbow Island, the Eighth Continent, there are many names for the world's 4th largest island.
The prehistoric breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana separated the Madagascar-Antarctica-India landmass from the Africa-South America landmass around 135 million years ago.