A constitutional referendum was held on 2007-04-04. It passed. One of its provisions was to abolish the six provinces and promote the 22 regions to primary subdivision status, effective 2009-10.
Both the Statesman's Year-Book, 1997-98 edition, and "Ershiyi (21) Shiji Shijie Diming Lu", a three-volume world gazetteer, give the populations of the six provinces as of the 1993 census. The two sources agree perfectly. I have added these data to the main table.
Here are maps showing some stages in the historic development of Madagascar's administrative subdivisions.
The total population of Madagascar at the 1993-08-01 census was 12,092,157, as compared to the 1990 estimate of 11,443,000. On the site of Madagascar's Institut National de la Statistique, estimates for 2001 are given.
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Madagascar became a French colony in 1896. It obtained its independence on 1958-10-14. After independence it used the name Malagasy Republic, but reverted to Madagascar in 1975.
incorrect application of the name of a different island, reported by Marco Polo
Madagascar is divided into six faritany mizakatena (autonomous provinces).
Madagascar uses three-digit postal codes. The first digit indicates the province. See the Regions of Madagascar page for more details.
See the Regions of Madagascar page.
The provinces are subdivided into 22 regions. The lower-level subdivisions are in a transitional state at present. For a fuller explanation, see the Change history section of the Regions of Madagascar page.
The Comoro Islands, including Mayotte, were administered from Madagascar in the early years of the 20th century. The same is true of the uninhabited islands of Bassas da India, Europa, Îles Glorieuses (Glorioso Islands), Juan de Nova, and Tromelin, in the Mozambique Channel, which have been administered from Réunion since 1960. The islands of Nosy Be and Sainte Marie (Nosy Boraha) were originally dependencies, but have become integral parts of Madagascar.
Antsiranana includes Nosy Be, Nosy Faly, and Nosy Mitsio.
Mahajanga includes the Barren Islands (Nosy Barren), Île Chesterfield, and Nosy Lava.
Toamasinia includes Nosy Boraha.
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