Etiquette in Madagascar

Madagascar is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean, southeast of the mainland. The country is home to 22.434 million people.

The nation is a unitary semi-presidential republic.

Official languages of Madagascar are Malagasy and French. English was an official language, but was removed by voters in a 2010 referendum.

Roughly half of the population practices traditional religious beliefs, while another half practice Christianity.

The currency of Madagascar is the Malagasy ariary.

Greeting Etiquette

Most people shake hands with the right hand while the left hand holds the right arm under the elbow. However, this may vary in certain parts of the country. A cheek-to-cheek kiss in the French style may occur between close friends.

Dress Etiquette

Dressing modestly isn’t as essential in Madagascar as in some other countries. T-shirts, jeans, and shorts may be just find in urban areas, though perhaps less so in rural locations.