9 Things You Didn’t Know about Madagascar
February 1, 2012
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Did you know Madagascar is one of the least visited places on the planet despite it being one of the most beautiful places on Earth? We bet there’s more about Madagascar that you don’t know, so we’ve made a list of 9 things we thought you should know about the island.
1. The typical greeting is “Mbola tsara Manahoana, Manakory, Akory”, which means “Hello, Good morning”.
2. 90% of its wildlife cannot be found anywhere else in the World.
3. 90% of the population live with less than â‚¬2 a day.
4. One of the official languages is called Malgasy, the other one is French.
5. 930 orchid species can be found on the island.
6. Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world, occupying an area that’s four times smaller than Greenland, but only a bit smaller than New Guinea and Borneo.
7. The 1999 Pentanque World Champion was Malgasy.
8. The traditional martial art of Madagascar is called Moraingy and it is a weaponless, bare-fisted striking style combat.
9. Lemurs, found only in Madagascar, play a big role in Malagasy ‘fady’ or taboo-related folk stories: lemurs are protectors and, in some cases, even relatives.
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