Malagasy is the official language of Madagascar. It is related to the Malayo-Polynesian languages of Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, as well as to the South-east Barito group of languages spoken in Borneo. This indicates that Madagascar was first inhabited by Austronesian people from Polynesia who had come there through Borneo, though it has not been clarified precisely when or why such colonisation occured. The language has also incorporated borrowings from Bantu languages (notably Swahili), and Arabic, as well as from French (the former colonial rulers of Madagascar) and English (spoken by 18th century pirates as well as Christian missionaries from Great Britain).

Map of Malagasy language speakers.
Map of Malagasy language speakers.

Basic stats

First language : 18 million

Main Countries: Madagascar

ISO 639-3 Code: mlg

Language Sample

Teraka afaka sy mitovy zo sy fahamendrehana ny olombelona rehetra. Samy manan-tsaina sy fieritreretana ka tokony hifampitondra am- pirahalahiana.

(Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1)

Product Availability

The following products are currently available in Malagasy:

  • For Consumers

(Coming soon)


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