Malawi

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INFORMATION

Capital: Lilongwe

Government: Multiparty Democracy

Current President: Arthur Peter Mutharika

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: 19,842,560 (2018)

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

  • Mon - Jun 17, 2019: U.S. African Policy's Lost 'Dynamics' - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Deutsche Welle] At the US-Africa economic summit, stakeholders from both sides meet to discuss future business. Africa's political elite is represented in large numbers. Interest in the US is not as strong.
  • Mon - Jun 17, 2019: Chilima Endorses Civil Society's June 20 Demos - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] UTM Party president Saulos Klaus Chilima (SKC) has endorsed the cause of civil society organisations (CSOs) under the banner of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) who have organised nationwide mass protests on Thursday June 20 to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah and other commissioners to resign, saying his supporters are free to join.
  • Mon - Jun 17, 2019: Vicky Sisters Taste Victory in Rainbow Paints - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] The 2019 Rainbow Paints Blantyre and Districts Netball League new comers Vicky Sisters have registered an early victory after thumping one of the longest side in the league Chileka Sisters formerly known as Gerald Tasaukadala with 36-33 baskets in a match which was played on Sunday at Blantyre Youth Centre.
  • Mon - Jun 17, 2019: Wanderers Beat KB to Move Third - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Inform Be Forward Wanderers beat Kamuzu Barracks (KB) on Sunday at Kamuzu Stadium to move above rivals Nyasa Big Bullets and go third in the TNM Super League.
  • Mon - Jun 17, 2019: NBS Bank Celebrates Father's Day By Donating to Orphanage - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] In commemorating Father's Day on Sunday, NBS Bank's male staff members who are fathers on their own right, have committed themselves to donate MK1 million to an orphanage.