Malawi

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INFORMATION

Capital: Lilongwe

Government: Multiparty Democracy

Current President: Lazarus Chakwera

Economy:

  • Predominately agricultural with about 80% of the population living in rural areas.
  • Agriculture, which has benefited from fertilizer subsidies since 2006, accounts for one-third of GDP and 90% of export revenues.

Population: 21,196,629 (2020)

Land Size: 118,484 sq km (45,747 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Chewa: 32.6%
  • Lomwe: 17.6%
  • Yao: 13.5%
  • Ngoni: 11.5%
  • Tumbuka: 8.8%
  • Nyanja: 5.8%
  • Sena: 3.6%
  • Tonga: 2.1%
  • Ngonde: 1%
  • Other: 3.5% (2008 census)
Religions:

  • Christian: 82.7%
  • Muslim: 13%
  • Other: 1.9%
  • None: 2.5%

Language(s):

  • Chichewa (official): 57.2%
  • English (official)
  • Chinyanja: 12.8%
  • Chiyao: 10.1%
  • Chitumbuka: 9.5%
  • Chisena: 2.7%
  • Chilomwe: 2.4%
  • Chitonga: 1.7%
  • Other: 3.6%

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RECENT NEWS

  • Sat - Nov 28, 2020: Regional Leaders Plan 'Comprehensive' Response to Mozambique Attacks - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [The Herald] Gaborone -- SADC yesterday undertook to work on a robust regional response to the growing threat of terrorism and insurgency in parts of Mozambique, which it will put in action once finalised.
  • Sat - Nov 28, 2020: Proteas Clinch Netball Test Series Against Malawi - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Namibian] THE Spar Proteas clinched the three-match Spar Challenge Test series against the Malawi Queens, with another decisive victory in the second match at the Sun City, Superbowl on Friday night.
  • Sat - Nov 28, 2020: Mabedi Closing in On Final Malawi Squad for Cosafa U20 Champs - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Cosafa] Malawi coach Patrick Mabedi is closing in on his final squad for the 2020 COSAFA Men's Under-20 Championship after releasing more players from his provisional selection on Thursday.
  • Fri - Nov 27, 2020: Elections Provide a Global Lesson in Democracy - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Africa In Fact] While outgoing US President Donald Trump has repeated tantrums at the prospect of leaving the White House, a lesson in democracy from Malawi is worth paying closer attention to. Lazarus Chakwera was inaugurated as Malawi's sixth president on 6 July 2020 after winning a historic election, which was held after the judiciary overturned the 2019 presidential election and called for a fresh election. This is only the second time this has happened in an African country.
  • Fri - Nov 27, 2020: Police Arrest Man Over Sex Abuse of Boys - Charged With Sodomy - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Malawi Police Service in Dowa have arrested a 21-year-old on sex abuse offences against young boys.