|Population (2009 est.)||752,438|
|Religious Demographics||Sunni Muslim 98%, Roman Catholic 2%|
|Ethnic Groups||Antalote, Cafre, Makoa, Oimatsaha, Sakalava|
|Languages||Arabic (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.