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    Mount Mulanje, part of the Mulanje Massif in southern Malawi is the country's highest point. In foreground a tea plantation.
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    Destination Malawi, a landlocked, long stretched country in southeastern Africa in the Great Rift Valley on the western shore of Lake Nyasa (Lake Malawi), the most southerly lake in the Great African Rift Valley system. Malawi shares international borders with Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique.

    The country covers an area of 118,484 km2, making it slightly larger than Bulgaria or slightly smaller than Pennsylvania.
    The nation is divided in three main regions: Northern, Central and Southern. There are also three different geographical regions, the Rift Valley, the Central African Plateau, and the Highlands. Largest river in Malawi is the Shire river, the only outlet of Lake Malawi. Highest mountain is Mount Mulanje at 3,002 m (9,849 ft)?.

    Malawi is one of the world's most densely populated nations with a population of 15.8 million people (in 2014). Capital city is Lilongwe. Spoken languages are English and Nyanja (both official).

    Republic of Malawi

    Country Profile

    Malawi's predominantly rural population is comprised of various tribes that migrated from other parts of Africa. According to its gross national income (GNI) the Republic of Malawi is the poorest country in Africa, its economy is agro-based. There is a small tourism sector which is being primed for growth.
    The former British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964. First democratic multi-party elections were held in 1994, after three decades of one-party rule. A provisional constitution, took full effect in 1995. In the 2004 elections the UDF party was voted in again for the third time since 1994.

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    Official Name:
    Republic of Malawi
    short form: Malawi
    former: British Central African Protectorate, Nyasaland Protectorate, Nyasaland.

    ISO Country Code: mw

    Actual Time: Fri-Nov-20  05:03
    Local Time = UTC +2h

    Country Calling Code: +265

    Capital City: Lilongwe (pop. 600 000)

    Other Cities: Blantyre (the country's commercial capital), Zomba, Mzuzu

    Type: multi-party democracy.
    Independence: July 6, 1964.
    Constitution: May 18, 1995.

    Location: Southeastern Africa
    Area: 118,484 sq. km. (45,747 sq. mi.)
    Terrain: Plateaus, highlands, and valleys. Lake Malawi (formerly referred to as Lake Nyasa) comprises about 20% of total area.

    Climate: Predominately sub-tropical; two main seasons, cold-dry and hot-wet. The hot-wet season is from November to April.

    Nationality: Malawian(s)
    Population: 15.8 million (2014)
    GNI per capita PPP: $ 596 (year)
    Ethnic groups: Chewa, Nyanja, Tumbuka, Yao, Lomwe, Sena, Tonga, Ngoni, Ngonde, Asian, European.
    Religions: Protestant 55%, Roman Catholic 20%, Muslim 20%, indigenous beliefs 3%, other 2%.
    Languages: English (official), Chichewa (official), regional dialects, i.e., Chitumbuka, Chiyao, Chilomwe.
    Literacy: total population 58%.

    Natural resources: Limestone, uranium (potential), coal, bauxite, phosphates, graphite, granite, black granite, aquamarine, tourmaline, rubies, sapphires, rare earths.

    Agriculture products: Tobacco, sugarcane, cotton, tea, corn, potatoes, cassava (tapioca), sorghum, pulses; groundnuts, Macadamia nuts; cattle, goats.

    Industries: Tobacco, tea, sugar, sawmill products, cement, consumer goods.

    Exports - commodities: tobacco 55%, dried legumes (8.8%), sugar (6.7%), tea (5.7%), cotton (2%), peanuts, coffee, and soy (2015 est.)

    Exports - partners: Belgium 15.8%, Zimbabwe 12%, India 6.9%, South Africa 6.2%, USA 6%, Russia 5.6%, Germany 4.6% (2015)

    Imports - commodities: food, petroleum products, semi-manufactures, consumer goods, transportation equipment

    Imports - partners: South Africa 26.4%, China 16.7%, India 12%, Zambia 10.3%, Tanzania 6% (2015)

    Currency: Kwacha (MWK)
    Malawi's Parliament Building in Lilongwe
    Malawi's Parliament Building in Lilongwe.
    Image: Christoph Loeffler

    Political system
    Malawi is a presidential representative democratic republic with a multi-party system since 1995. Head of state and head of government is the President, he appoints the cabinet, and is in charge of executory tasks. Malawi's unicameral parliament is elected by plurality vote every 5 years. The Supreme Court of Appeal is the highest court in the country.

    Official Sites of Malawi

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    Government of the Republic of Malawi
    Official government home page.

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation
    Responsible for the foreign policy of the Government.

    The National Statistical Office of Malawi
    Malawi in figures.

    Malawi Meteorological Services
    Malawi weather data.


    profile Map of Malawi
    Political Map of Malawi.
    profile Administrative Map of Malawi
    Map shows Malawi's administrative regions and districts.
    Google Earth Google Earth Malawi
    Searchable satellite view of Malawi.
    Google Earth Google Earth Lilongwe
    Searchable satellite view of Malawi's capital city.

    Political Map of Africa
    The 54 countries of Africa, and the location of 54 capital cities.
    Map of Africa
    A Relief Map of Africa.


    According to US based Freedom House, Malawi's government has used libel and other laws to put pressure on newspaper journalists. Self-censorship is common, particularly at state-run outlets.

    Malawi Star
    Malawi News online.
    The Nation
    Malawi News.
    Malawi online news.
    The Times
    Malawi Times online news.

    Other news sources:
    allAfrica.com Malawi
    Regional Malawi news provided by allAfrica.com

    Capital FM Malawi
    Malawi radio station, provides news headlines.

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    Business & Economy

    The country ranks among the world's least developed and as one of the poorest nations, about 90% of the population lives in rural areas. Malawi's economy is based predominantly on subsistence agriculture and mall-scale fisheries. Agriculture accounts for 27% of GDP and about 90% of its export revenue. Top exports are raw tobacco (55%), dried legumes, raw sugar, tea and raw cotton.

    Reserve Bank of Malawi
    The Reserve Bank of Malawi is the central bank of the Republic of Malawi and the national banking regulator.
    National Bank of Malawi
    One of the eleven banks in the country licensed by the Reserve Bank of Malawi.


    Malawian Airlines
    Malawian Airlines is the new flag carrier airline of Malawi, since Air Malawi ceased operations in February 2013.

    Dogout Canoe
    Lake Malawi - Fishing with Dogout Canoe
    Beach at Lake Malawi
    Beach at Lake Malawi, Africa's third largest lake.
    Image: khym54

    Travel and Tour Consumer Information

    Destination Malawi - Travel and Tour Guides

    Discover Malawi:
    Lilongwe, Blantyre, Kasungu, Kasungu National Park, Majete wildlife reserve, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Lake Malawi, Lake Malawi National Park.

    Find accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, tours and much more.

    Visit Malawi
    Official Malawi Tourism Website.

    Malawi Tourism
    Comprehensive Malawi information by members of Malawi's travel and tourism industry.

    MALAWI - The Warm Heart of Africa
    Malawi's Tourism related information.

    Mulanje waterfall
    Mulanje waterfall.
    Image: Janna7

    Malawi chiefs chairs
    Malawi chiefs chairs.
    Boys of the waYao tribe participating in circumcision
    Boys of the waYao tribe participating in circumcision and initiation rites.
    Image: Steve Evans


    Chancellor College
    Largest of the constituent colleges of the University of Malawi, located in Zomba.
    Phoenix Primary School
    International School, Blantyre.
    Saint Andrews Primary School
    International Primary School.
    University of Malawi
    Home page of the University of Malawi.
     Malawian kids
    Malawian kids 

    kids of Malawi
    More kids of Malawi
    Image: Lars Plougmann

    African Skimmers at Lake Malawi
    African Skimmers at Shire river, hippo below surface.
    Image: Skip Russell

    Environment & Nature

    The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi
    Site devoted to the largest lake-fish fauna and the largest vertebrate species flock on earth.
    National Parks & Game Reserves
    Malawi's natural heritage.


    History of Malawi
    Brief History of Malwi by the Embassy of Malawi in Cairo.

    ??Malawi History
    Brief History of Malwi by Africanet.

    Sources and additional Information on Malawi

    Africa South of the Sahara: Malawi
    Karen Fung's collection of Malawi related resources.

    African Studies Center - University of Pennsylvania: Malawi Page

    Amnesty International: Malawi

    BBC Country Profile: Malawi

    The Commonwealth: Malawi

    FAO: Malawi

    GlobalEDGE: Malawi

    The Heritage Foundation: Malawi

    Human Rights Watch: Malawi

    OEC: Malawi

    Reporters Without Borders: Malawi

    Wikipedia: Malawi

    The World Factbook -- Malawi
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