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Madagascar fast facts

Time GMT/UTC +3

Population 16.9 million

Seasons Wet (Nov to Mar), dry (May to Oct), hot (Oct to Apr)

Telephone Country code 261; international access code 00

ATMs In all major towns

Budget US$25 to US$30 per day

Capital Antananarivo

Visa One-month, single-entry visa US$32; issued on arrival

Languages French, Malagasy

Area 587, 401 sq km

Money Ariary; US$1 = 1983Ar