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

  • Thu - Apr 9, 2020: New Music Group Brothaz Kornah in EP Project - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Newly formed musical group, Brothaz Kornah, has promised fans to expect more "Malawian music for internal ears" in their upcoming untitled EP set to release in July this year.
  • Thu - Apr 9, 2020: Govt Reverses Church Ban - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] The decision by Special Cabinet Committee on coronavirus (COVID-19) to impose a ban against church gatherings has been reversed by government, Malawi Council of Churches (MCC) has said.
  • Thu - Apr 9, 2020: Govt Rejects Chilima's Solutions to COVID-19 Fight - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Government says President Peter Mutharika holds the prerogative over the choice of the place to be, saying the country's vice-president Saulos Chilima cannot dictate to the Head of State to leave Sanjika Palace in Blantyre and relocate to Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.
  • Thu - Apr 9, 2020: Angry Villagers Storm Dedza DC Office Accusing Village Head of Selling Their Land - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] Angry people from group village head (GVH) Kapesi, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kachere in Dedza on Friday stormed the district commissioner's (DC) office, accusing their GVH of selling their land to Dedza District Council.
  • Thu - Apr 9, 2020: Catholic Cancels Good Friday 'Way of the Cross' to Avoid Spreading Coronavirus - AllAfrica News: Malawi
    [Nyasa Times] The Catholic Church has this year banned the Way of the Cross on Good Friday, a religious tradition depicting the sufferings and consequent crucifixion of Jesus Chirst to adhere to social distancing measures and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).