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Population (2009 est.)752,438
Religious DemographicsSunni Muslim 98%, Roman Catholic 2%
Ethnic GroupsAntalote, Cafre, Makoa, Oimatsaha, Sakalava
LanguagesArabic (official), French (official), Shikomoro (a blend of Swahili and Arabic)

The country has an area of 838 square miles and a population of 732,000. Ninety-nine percent of the population is Sunni Muslim. Foreigners living on the islands number several hundred and include Hindus, Jehovah's Witnesses, Roman Catholics, and Protestants.
A few foreign religious groups operate humanitarian programs, but by agreement with the Government, they do not engage in proselytizing.