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Living in Madagascar

Living in Madagascar

Ways and customs

The Malagasy language « Malagasy » comes from the combination of the Malayo-indonesian, Arabic, Swahili languages and the direct and literal translation of the French and English languages. There are 18 tribes in Madagascar; each of them speaks their own dialects. Nevertheless, Malagasy people understand each other through the “official Malagasy” language.
The respect of the ancestors, the elders and the « fihavanana » (friendship) is very important in the Malagasy culture. That is the reason why, when a Malagasy person takes the floor, he spends several minutes to apologize before getting in the heart of the matter.
The Malagasy traditional music is similar to the western operetta. It is special thanks to its moralizing themes full of humor and most of the time it takes place in the street or in the “kianja” (show-site).
The respect of the ancestors or « Razana » urges some ethnic groups to face some real funeral arts and to practice the “famadihana” (exhumation).
Malagasy people are known for their pacifism and their great tolerance. However, they set a high value upon ways and customs especially in villages: mainly the respect of the elderly and the compliance with the “fady” (taboo) and interdicts. Thus, prior to any shooting, please ask for authorization.


Category List

Public Universities

Instituts supérieurs de technologie (Technology colleges)

Ecoles polytechniques (Polytechnic colleges)

Private and public colleges

Distance learning university

High schools and schools

Public schools and high schools

Private schools and high schools

French schools and high schools

American school (Antananarivo)

Primary schools

Public primary schools

Private primary schools

French primary schools

Anglo French primary shools

Hospitals in Antananarivo

Public hospitals

HJRA Hôpital Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona               

Hôpital Dr Raseta Befelatanana                                   

Centre Hospitalier de Soavinandriana                            


Hôpital Médico-Chirurgical d'Antsirabe - Est de Sabotsy    


Hôpital Militaire d'Antsiranana

Hôpital de Sambava


Centre Hospitalier Universitaire d'Androva                         


Centre Hospitalier Régional de Toamasina          


Centre Hospitalier Régional de Toliara      

Private hospitals

Clinique des Sœurs_Antananarivo     

Polyclinique et Matérnité d'Ilafy_Antananarivo                                       

Clinique Saint Paul_Antananarivo  

Hôpital Mpitsabo Mikambana_Antananarivo  

Clinique Village des Jeux Ankorondrano_Antananarivo  

Clinique Noa_Antananarivo  

Clinique Médicale Adventiste_Antananarivo  

Espace Médicale (Antananarivo_ Antsirabe_ Majunga_ Nosy Be_ Antsiranana_ Toamasina) 

Currency rate March 2016

  Highest Lowest
EUR 3 454.00 3 520.00
USD 3 175.00 3 235.00

Air fares

  Fares (EUR)

National flights (Round trip ticket) with Air Madagascar or Madagascar Airways

from Antananarivo to  Diego Suarez/ Toliara /Fort Dauphin /Sainte Marie /Majunga /Sambava /Morondava /Toamasina /...

> 244

Water & Electricity

Heading Consumption Costs (EUR)
Water =10 m3 0.10/m3
>10 m3 0.29/m3
Electricity =130 kWh  0.08/kWh-0.19kWh 
>130 KWh  2.49/kWh 

Fuel and gas (March 2016)

Products Costs (EUR)
Fuel (l)
Unleaded 95 0.97
Diesel oil 0.79
Petroleum 0.62
Gas (cylinder)
Butane gas 12.5 kg 29.09
Butane gas 9kg 20.41
Butane gas 6kg 14.62

Monthly rents

Renting Costs (EUR/month)
Villa  > 286
Flat  > 229

Subscription costs/International radio

Providers Subscription duration Costs (EUR) Available channels, radio and services (Qty)
Canal+ Madagascar 1 to 12 months > 8.58 > 76
ParaboleMadagascar at least 12 months > 8.01 > 69
Blueline TV From 1 month > 4.29 > 27

Communication costs



Telma mobile

           Pack (call/sms/internet)

> 500 Ar/day

Telma fixe


           unlimited: weekend, day off, at night (8pm to 6am)

           unlimited: 6am to 6pm


1000 Ar/10mn

1000 Ar/day

2000 Ar/day


          Pack (call/sms/internet)


> 450 Ar/day





> 8 Ar/s

> 700 Ar/day

Internet Mobile
Telma (100Mo - 1Go) per week 3 000 - 12 500 Ar/week
Orange (100Mo - 50 Go) the validity is variable 3 000 Ar/3days-275 000 Ar/2months
Airtel  (100Mo - 200 Go) the validity is variable 3 000 Ar/3days-199 000 Ar/month
 Internet Fixe   
pack Telma fixe (appel 1h + 1,5Go per month) 229 000 Ar/mn
pack Telma fixe (appel 1h + 500 Mo per month) 129 000 Ar/mn
Orange (1Go – 50 Go) 22 500 – 239 500  Ar/mn
Airtel (1Go – 200 Go) 45 000 – 199 000 Ar/m
Blueline (200 Mo – illimité) 10 000 – 129 000 Ar/m


Airtel > 2 600Ar/6mn 
Orange > 3,6 Ar/s
Telma > 14,5 Ar/s
Blueline > 300 Ar/mn