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Madagascar People

    Population: 14,873,387 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 45% (male 3,356,104; female 3,279,056)
    15-64 years: 52% (male 3,841,248; female 3,908,209)
    65 years and over: 3% (male 234,549; female 254,221) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 2.8% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 41.52 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 13.56 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 0.98 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.92 male(s)/female
    total population: 1 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 89.1 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 53.24 years
    male: 52.01 years
    female: 54.51 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 5.7 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Malagasy (singular and plural)
    adjective: Malagasy

    Ethnic groups: Malayo-Indonesian (Merina and related Betsileo), Cotiers (mixed African, Malayo-Indonesian, and Arab ancestry—Betsimisaraka, Tsimihety, Antaisaka, Sakalava), French, Indian, Creole, Comoran

    Religions: indigenous beliefs 52%, Christian 41%, Muslim 7%

    Languages: French (official), Malagasy (official)

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 80%
    male: 88%
    female: 73% (1990 est.)

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