A number of units of measurement were used in Madagascar to measure length, mass, capacity, etc. The Metric system was introduced in Madagascar in 1897.[1]

System before metric system

Several units were used.


One rahf was equal to 46.46 in (1.18 m) (the value was double in the northern part of Madagascar).[2]


For gold and silver

Units included:

1 vari = 3 nanki

1 sompi = 2 vari = 60 grain.[2]


One bambou was equal to 0.0568 bushel.[2]


  1. ^ Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. pp. 7. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1.
  2. ^ a b c Clarke, F.W. (1891). Weights Measures and Money of All Nations. New York: D. Appleton & Company. p. 50.